Layeroka Chestnut Seedling
Layeroka Chesnut Seedling is an early ripening and productive chestnut that has large sweet nuts that fall free from the burr. Growth habit is upright and an excellent growth pattern for timber harvest. Layeroka is blight resistant and cold hardy but is pollen sterile so will not work as a pollenizer for your other chestnut varieties. Beautiful, large spreading nut trees, Chestnuts feature long, tropical looking, glossy green foliage and showy cascades of fragrant, yellow male catkins in mid-summer. In the fall you can harvest bountiful crops of sweet and nutritious nuts encased in unique, spiny, golden brown balls. 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 25 ft. or more in height at maturity. They are hardy to minus 25 °F, USDA Zone 4 and usually begin bearing 2-4 years after planting. Plant two or more plants for cross-pollination.
Latin Name: Castanea mollissima
Site and Soil: Myoka Chestnut Seedling prefers 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description: Seedlings grow on their own roots
Pollination Requirements: Plant at least two trees for nut production.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 25° F.
Bearing Age: 3-4 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 40-60+ ft. in height
Bloom Time: June
Ripening Time: Late September
Yield: 50+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Chestnuts are not bothered by pests or diseases in our region. Colossal Chestnuts are reportedly resistant to Chestnut Blight, a disease that affects some Chestnuts in the central and eastern parts of the US.
USDA Zone: 4-9