Bouche de Betizac Grafted Chestnut Tree
Bouche de Betizac Grafted Chestnut Tree is a European x Japanese hybrid that grows very upright, so much so that it is hard to get it to extend its branches outward. They almost always produce 3 large nuts per burr and the nuts fall free from the burr early to mid season. Bouche de Betizac is a very reliable and productive variety and will even produce reliably in very cool growing season. Does not produce pollen so plant a good pollenizer or two nearby.
Unique among nuts, Chestnuts are high in starch and are delicious roasted or boiled. If you do not eat your nuts shortly after harvest, it is best to refrigerate them in plastic bags to keep them from drying out.
Chestnuts like well-drained soil, full to half day sun and can grow 40 ft. or more in height at maturity. Bouche de Betizac is hardy to minus 15 degrees F., USDA Zone 5 and usually begin bearing 2-4 years after planting. Plant two or more varieties or seedlings for cross-pollination.
Latin Name: Castanea sativa x crenata
Site and Soil: 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Plant at least two trees for nut production.
Hardiness: Bouche de Betizac Grafted Chestnut Tree is hardy to minus 25F.
Bearing Age: 3-4 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 40-60+ ft. in height
Bloom Time: June
Ripening Time: Late September-October
Yield: 50+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Chestnuts are not bothered by pests or diseases in our region. Bisalta 3# Chestnuts are somewhat susceptible to Chestnut Blight, a disease that affects some Chestnuts in the central and eastern parts of the US, so it is best not to plant Bisalta #3 in those regions.
USDA Zone: 5
Sunset Western Zone: 2-9, 14-17
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34-41