On the Friday after Thanksgiving (11/17/2015) we planted five American Chestnut trees. These trees are blight resistant and are actually Dunstan Chestnuts (Castanea dentata X mollissima).
“Dunstan Chestnuts™ are the best and most widely planted chestnut trees in America – they combine the excellent nut quality and tree form with guaranteed blight resistance. There has never been an instance of Dunstan Chestnuts™ dying from the blight, and they have been grown successfully from Maine and New York, west to Illinois and Wisconsin, and south to east Texas and Florida. They are excellent for commercial and backyard orchards, and are the best tree to plant for attracting deer and wildlife.
Dunstan Chestnuts™ begin to bear at 3-5 years, and produce heavy annual crops (never skipping a year like oaks) of very large, sweet tasting (no tannin) nuts that average 20-35/lb in size, and can produce 20 lbs/tree after only 10 years, and as much as 50-100 lbs/tree at maturity. They are easy to grow and thrive in a variety of locations.”
These tress are in a small clearing on the edge of the road. Once our house is built and we can clear more woods, we’ll plant more hardwoods.