Castanea pumila - chinquapin

chinquapin

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rootstock experiment

Jonathan tried and failed to graft Chinese hybrid chestnut on chinquapin last year. Doesn't mean it shouldn't be tried some more!

Eric Toensmeier - writer, trainer, plant geek - www.perennialsolutions.org

ripe nuts on the tree

Eric Toensmeier - writer, trainer, plant geek - www.perennialsolutions.org

yield from two bushes

they are very sweet but kind of a pain to harvest and shell. we'll be digging up our bushes and giving them to a friend, replacing them with somthing more productive.

Eric Toensmeier - writer, trainer, plant geek - www.perennialsolutions.org

fruiting very well August 2012

These are now maybe six years old and ranging from 4-6' high. Fruit set is this heavy all over. We should net them, birds and squirrels take a lot. Also they nuts are kind of small but really no more so than hazels, I should get over it and really consider them as a food this year. I met someone at a workshop who grew up eating them down south and said she loved them.

Eric Toensmeier - writer, trainer, plant geek - www.perennialsolutions.org

small nuts, one per burr

Nuts the size of chick peas. Very good sweet flavor. Have not seen more than one per burr.

Eric Toensmeier - writer, trainer, plant geek - www.perennialsolutions.org

good fruit set this year (Aug 9 foto)

Still only 4' high and covered in nuts!

Eric Toensmeier - writer, trainer, plant geek - www.perennialsolutions.org

chinkapin flowering June 1

Flowering full-on June 1 in western MA.

Eric Toensmeier - writer, trainer, plant geek - www.perennialsolutions.org

native dwarf chestnut

Small native bush chestnut. We have one that fruited at 4' tall! Nuts are pretty small though, about chick-pea sized and only one per husk. Cute though.

If you want chestnuts and only have a little space, you could try chinkapins, or just grow Chinese chestnuts from Badgersett Research Farm http://www.badgersett.com/ and coppice them regularly.

Two supposedly needed for pollination but ours set some fruit this year even though only one flowered, and there are no chestnuts in the neighborhood.

Eric Toensmeier - writer, trainer, plant geek - www.perennialsolutions.org

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