If you are interested in growing nut trees in your yard, then\nyou may want to consider planting chestnut trees. Chestnuts are delicious when roasted and they\nare attractive to local wildlife.\n\n\n\nEven better, they can make a tidy profit at your local\nfarmer\u2019s market, due to high demand and low availability. Still, you are probably wondering whether you\ncan be successful in growing chestnut trees in your area.\n\n\n\nSo, where can you grow chestnut trees? It is\npossible to grow most types of chestnut trees in USDA hardiness Zones 6 through\n9 in the Eastern U.S., and possibly other areas. Chestnut trees prefer full sunlight and well-draining\nsoil with a pH of 4.5 to 6.5, so choose a good location and prepare your soil\nif necessary. You also need to make sure\nthat you plant a variety that is resistant to chestnut blight, or else you\ncould lose all of your trees.\n\n\n\nOf course, there are a few things you can do to prepare for\nplanting chestnut trees that will increase their chances of survival. First though, let\u2019s start by going into more\ndetail about exactly where you can grow chestnut trees.\n\n\n\nWhere Can You Grow Chestnut Trees?\n\n\n\nIn the United States, most chestnut trees are hardy in Zones 6 through 9. Zones 6 through 9 includes a large part of the U.S., excluding perhaps the extreme northern and southern regions.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out this Zone Hardiness Map from the USDA.\n\n\n\nChestnut trees can grow in USDA hardiness Zones 6 through 9 in the Eastern United States, and possibly other areas.\n\n\n\nAs long as your soil drains well and is somewhat acidic (pH\nof 4.5 to 6.5), you may be able to grow chestnut trees. If you soil is clay, or if your land is\nlow-lying, poor drainage may be a problem when growing chestnut trees.\n\n\n\nAt their peak, American chestnut trees existed as far north\nas Maine and Southern Ontario, and as far south as Mississippi. Chestnut trees stretched from the Atlantic\ncoast in the east all the way to the Appalachian Mountains and the Ohio Valley\nin the west.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out this article on the American chestnut from Wikipedia.\n\n\n\nUnfortunately, chestnut\nblight (Cryphonectria parasitica) will make it difficult to grow any\nnon-immune tree to maturity in most of the United States. Chestnut blight was caused by an Asian bark\nfungus, and the disease destroyed billions of American chestnut trees between\n1904 and 1930.\n\n\n\nAccording to the Michigan State University Extension, \u201cThis important tree for food and lumber was decimated by a fungal blight that was introduced into the New York area on imported chestnut trees around 1904. The chestnut blight fungus, Cryphonectria parasitica, quickly spread across the eastern half of the United States, killing more than three billion trees by the 1930s.\u201d\n\n\n\nChestnut blight infects a chestnut tree and kills any part\nof the tree above the site of infection. \nThis means that even if the tree starts to grow back from the roots, it\nwill eventually be infected by the blight again.\n\n\n\nThe solution is to plant chestnut trees that have the genes\nfor resistance to chestnut blight. This\nincludes Chinese chestnut trees, along with hybrid chestnut tree varieties that\nhave some of the genes from Chinese varieties that can resist the blight.\n\n\n\nWhat Zones Do Chestnut Trees Grow In? (USDA Hardiness Zones for Chestnut Trees)\n\n\n\nMost chestnut trees will grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 6\nthrough 9. This means that they can withstand\ntemperatures down to -5 degrees Fahrenheit (-20.6 degrees Celsius).\n\n\n\nChestnut trees can withstand frost, and some varieties can withstand temperatures down to -10 degrees Fahrenheit or lower!\n\n\n\nChestnut trees may be able to withstand temperatures lower\nthan this if they transition slowly. \nHowever, remember that a sudden late spring frost or early fall frost\ncan damage trees if they are not yet acclimated to colder temperatures.\n\n\n\nThere are some hybrid varieties of chestnut trees that are\nhardy in USDA Zone 5 (down to -10 degrees Fahrenheit). Chinese chestnut trees are not hardy to Zone\n5, but they can survive as far south as USDA Zone 10.\n\n\n\nAmerican chestnut trees are hardy to USDA Zone 3, down to\n-35 degrees Fahrenheit (-37.2 degrees Celsius). \nHowever, their lack of resistance to chestnut blight means that the\ndisease will likely kill them instead of the cold.\n\n\n\nHere is a table showing some chestnut tree varieties, their\nZone and temperature hardiness, their pollination requirements, their blight\nresistance, and their genetic origins.\n\n\n\nChestnut Tree VarietyHardiness ZonePollinationBlight ResistanceGenetic OriginAmerican3 to 9 (-35 F)Need two varieties.SusceptibleAmericanChinese6 to 10 (-5 F)Self-pollinating, but two varieties improves yield.ResistantChinese(Allegheny) Chinquapin or Dwarf Chestnut7 to 9 (5 F)Self-pollination reported, but plant two varieties for best results.Partial ResistanceRelated to American but smaller.Colossal5 to 9 (-10 F)Needs a seedling chestnut pollinator.ResistantHybrid of Chinese & AmericanchestnutsDunstanup to 5 (-10 F)Need at least two Dunstan trees for pollination.ResistantHybrid of Chinese & Americanchestnuts Revival5 to 9 (-10 F)Needs a seedling chestnut pollinator. ResistantHybrid of Chinese & Americanchestnuts \n\n\n\nFor more information on chestnut trees:\n\n\n\ncheck out this article on American chestnut trees on Wikipediacheck out this article on Chinese chestnut trees on Wikipediacheck out this article on Allegheny Chinquapin (Georgia Native or dwarf chestnut) on Wikipedia.check out this article on Dunstan chestnuts from Chestnut Hill Tree Farm.\n\n\n\nAre Chestnut Trees Self Pollinating?\n\n\n\nAccording to the Nursery at TyTy in Georgia:\n\n\n\n\u201cChestnut tree pollination requirement is variable, depending on the type of chestnut tree planted. Chinese Chestnut trees will produce Chestnuts from a single planted seedling tree, although some growers claim that the crop size of Chestnuts will increase if two trees are planted. Most growers of American Chestnut trees claims that two different trees should be planted to produce American Chestnuts. Hybrid Chestnut unions of American and Japanese Chestnuts require a pollinator of compatible pollen shedding viability, Hybrid Colossal chestnuts must be planted with a seedling Chestnut pollinator. Wildlife Chestnuts trees are self pollinating and will produce Chestnuts from a single tree.\u201dhttps:\/\/www.tytyga.com\/Chinese-Chestnut-p\/nutche-chinese.htm\n\n\n\nIn short, it is recommended that you grow at least two\ndifferent varieties of chestnut trees together. \nThis will ensure adequate pollination and also increase the chances of producing\nmore and better chestnuts.\n\n\n\nWhat Kind Of Soil Do Chestnut Trees Like?\n\n\n\nAccording to the Chestnut Hill Tree Farm, chestnut trees prefer well-draining soil with a pH between 5.0 and 6.5. This means that sandy soil is ideal for growing chestnut trees, since it drains very well.\n\n\n\nThis also means that you should avoid planting chestnut\ntrees in heavy clay soil. If clay soil\nis all you have available in your yard, then you will need to add some compost to\nimprove the soil drainage.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on how to make your own compost.\n\n\n\nPlanting chestnut trees on a slight incline can also help to improve soil drainage. For more information, check out my article on how to make your soil drain better.\n\n\n\nBefore planting chestnut trees, be sure to do a soil test to\ndetermine your soil pH. If it is not in\nthe proper range, you will need to make amendments.\n\n\n\nIf your soil is too acidic (low pH), then you will need to\nadd lime (calcium carbonate) to increase the pH.\n\n\n\nIf your soil is too basic (high pH0, then you will need to\nadd sulfur to lower the pH.\n\n\n\nYou should not add either of these soil amendments without doing a soil test first! For more information, check out my article on how to do a soil test.\n\n\n\nIf you request a soil test from your local agricultural\nextension, let them know what you are trying to grow. That way, they can make recommendations on\nwhat to add to your soil and how much to use.\n\n\n\nHow Long Does It Take For A Chestnut Tree To Bear Fruit?\n\n\n\nAccording to Chestnut Hill Tree Farm, a chestnut tree will bear fruit 3 to 5 years after planting.\n\n\n\nStark Brothers agrees that chestnut trees will bear 3-5 year after planting. However, their trees are 1-2 years old when they are shipped. This means that the age when chestnut trees will bear fruit is 4-7 years.\n\n\n\nChestnut trees bear fruit in 4 to 7 years.\n\n\n\nOver time, chestnut trees will continue to increase in size\nas they mature, and chestnut yields will increase accordingly.\n\n\n\nChestnut trees will bear fruit every year once they are\nestablished. Chestnut trees can live to\nbe over 100 years old.\n\n\n\nHow Fast Do Chestnut Trees Grow?\n\n\n\nChinese chestnut trees can grow 1 to 2 feet per year, ultimately reaching a height of 40 to 60 feet tall at maturity.\n\n\n\nAmerican chestnut trees grow faster than Chinese chestnut\ntrees, and can grow to heights of 50 to 100 feet tall.\n\n\n\nWhen planting chestnut trees, the American Chestnut Foundation suggests an absolute minimum spacing of 10 feet between trees. This accounts for their huge size as they grow older.\n\n\n\nChestnut Hill Tree Farm suggests that you leave 30 to 40 feet between trees.\n\n\n\nConclusion\n\n\n\nBy now, you have a much better idea of where you can grow\nchestnut trees. You also know what type\nof soil they prefer, and how you can prepare your soil to grow chestnut trees.\n\n\n\nI hope you found this article helpful \u2013 if so, please share\nit with someone who can use the information. \nIf you have any questions about chestnut trees, please leave a comment\nbelow.