Allegheny Chinkapin – Dwarf Chestnut (Castanea pumila)



A little-known, beautiful, amazing little native USA tree (or shrub), Allegheny chinkapin is basically a dwarf chestnut. VERY attractive to deer, turkeys, and is sweeter than Chinese chestnuts for human food. The chestnuts ripen in autumn, around October, and are about the size of your thumbnail, with a sweet, almond-like flavor. Grows about 6-30′ tall but not nearly as big as Chinese chestnuts. Has some resistance to chestnut blight and is very survivable and tolerant of harsh conditions. Found growing wild from New Jersey to Florida. Very neat! Would begreat if more people planted this tree and brought it back from it’s nearly endangered status. Will strongly attract deer and turkeys to your property. Field Grown. Castanea pumila.  


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Site requirements: Full sun to partial shade location. Needs well-draining soil but is not particular as to soil type.

Size at maturity: 6-30′, depending on location, climate and care.

Pollination: This tree requires pollination from another chinkapin in order to set fruit. Must plant and maintain at least 2 trees.

Resistant to: Not much bothered by pests or diseases except chestnut blight, of which it is partially resistant.

Hardiness: USDA zones 6-10.

Plant size: Approximately 1 FT tall bare-root plants with an excellent root system. CHOOSE BUNDLE SIZE

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