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THE PLANTS Fruit Home
Near Wild Fruits New and Exotic
The American Chestnut is back! The forests of eastern North America were once dominated by the American Chestnut. Massive trees often reached 120 feet tall on trunks to 13 feet across. The wood was esteemed as a premier cabinet and furniture making material, as versatile as oak, but easier to work and more beautiful. Beginning around 1900, blight struck the American Chestnut, and by 1950, only a few small, isolated stands remained.
Researchers collected genetic material from those surviving trees and began to cross them with the blight-resistant Chinese Chestnut. Several varieties were developed and tested in groves that had been innoculated with the deadly blight. We are happy to report that no blight has been found in the original test orchards. We hope you will join us in bringing back the great American Chestnut!
These new American crosses have much larger nuts than the Chinese Chestnut, with a sweet crunchy, chinquapin flavor. They are delicious fresh, steamed or roasted, or they can be dried and ground into a sweet flour for making cakes and breads.
We're also pleased to add the Chinquapin, another Castanea that has sweet crunchy nuts.
Click Here for the 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to find out your areas hardiness zone.
Chestnut Varieties (Castanea sp.)
CHINESE SEEDLINGS Large shade tree with excellent, sweet nuts. Give these guys room -
they'll grow 40-60ft with a spread of 50ft!
Need two trees for pollination. Ripens late September. Zones 5-9. $32.99 3 gal (3-5ft) .
DUNSTAN HYBRID SEEDLINGS Large nuts averaging 28 to 32 nuts
per pound. Sweet Chinquapin flavor. Trees are large -- up to
35 feet. Makes an excellent shade tree. Need two trees
for pollination. Ripens late September. Zones 5-9. $35.99 3 gal (3-5 ft).
PEGGY'S JAPANESE SEEDLINGS Looking to extend your nut season? This chestnut ripens
a whole month before all other varieties!! Large, sweet nuts.
Need two trees for pollination. Ripens in August. Zones 7-9. $32.99 3 gal (3-5ft) .
CHINQUAPIN A small shade tree that grows on acid, sandy soils, orangy-gold fall color. Castanea pumila is a prolific producer of
small sweet nuts. Plant these if you love squirrels! Seedlings. Need two trees for pollination.
Zones 5-9. $32.99 3 gal (3-5ft) .
Are we out of what you are looking for? Email us at Justfruits@hotmail.com and we'll put you on the "Call When Available" list. We will call you!
Please come to see us if you can (Wednesday to Sunday, 9:05-5:08). We are located 19 miles south of Tallahassee, just off US Highway 98, 1 mile east of the intersection with US Highway 319 (South of Crawfordville center and actually in the village of Medart). If you need further directions, feel free to call us at 1-850-926-5644 or enter 30 Saint Frances St. Crawfordville FL 32327 (or Just Fruits Nursery) into Google Maps ( CLICK HERE).