Marrone di Marradi Grafted Chestnut Tree
Marrone di Marradi Grafted Chestnut Tree is an excellent selection from Italy that makes a great pollenizer as well as producing some of the best chestnuts around. Its superior flavor, sweetness, and easy peeling make it one of the most desirable chestnuts for growers who live in areas where the chestnut blight is not a concern. Yield per tree can be lower than some hybrids but the flavor more than makes up for it.
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 40-60+ ft. or more in height at maturity. Marrone di Marradi 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: Marrone di Marradi 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. Marrone di Marradi 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 this variety in those regions.
USDA Zone: 5
Sunset Western Zone: 2-9, 14-17
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34-41