Dunstan Chestnut Tree

Dunstan Chestnut Tree

Regular price $350.00 Sale

Castanea dentata x mollissima 'Dunstan'

The Dunstan Chestnut Tree is a hybrid of American and Asian varieties that are guaranteed resistant to the blight that killed millions of American Chestnuts in the early 20th century.

Leaves are medium to dark green and turn yellow in the fall. Bark is smooth when the tree is young, turns gray and dark with age and is deeply furrowed, twisting around the trunk.

Trees are self-sterile, so two are required for pollination. Ripe pollen has heavy, sweet odor.

Plant 20-50' apart for best production. Fruit is contained in a spiny burr, which opens when it falls on the ground in the fall and releases the fruit, which is a seed, or chestnut.

Photos: Chestnut Hill and High Rock farms

 

Ornamental Characteristics
Category Fruit, nut, berry
foliage Type Deciduous tree
Height 50' - 75'
Spread 30' - 50'
Shape Upright, arching, spreading
Primary foliage Color Green, medium, ovate
Seasonal foliage Color Yellow
Flowering Season Late spring to early summer
Flower Color Yellow-white, or buff with green tinge
Berries Seed pods (chestnuts)
Environmental Characteristics
Growth Rate Fast
Sun Preferences