Luvall’s Monster Grafted Chestnut Tree
Luvall’s Monster Grafted Chestnut tree is a hybrid of American and Chinese chestnut cultivars that has the cold hardiness of the American chestnut and the large sized nuts of the Chinese chestnuts. Trees are incredibly productive and the most cold hardy of any hybridized chestnut varieties, surviving temperatures below -30ºF! Luvall’s Monster Grafted Chestnut Tree produces sterile pollen so requires good pollenizers be planted 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. Luvall’s Monster is hardy to minus 30 degrees F., USDA Zone 4 and usually begin bearing 2-4 years after planting. Plant two or more varieties for cross-pollination.
Latin Name: Castanea dentata x mollissima
Site and Soil: 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description: Unk. hybrid chestnut seedlings
Pollination Requirements: Plant at least two trees for nut production.
Hardiness: Luvall’s Monster Grafted Chestnut Tree is hardy to at least minus 30F.
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. It is unknown how blight resistant Luvall’s Monster is but most Chinese hybrids are very resistant.
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: 2-9, 14-17
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34-41