Schlarbaum Grafted Chestnut Tree
Schlarbaum Grafted Chestnut Tree is a Chinese x European hybrid chestnut that produces some of the largest nuts of any chestnut variety. Nuts ripen mid season and fall free of the burr. Quality is very good and especially good for fresh eating. Trees are thought to be blight resistant but haven’t been fully tested yet. Good pollenizer for other chestnut varieties.
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. Schlarbaum 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 mollissima
Site and Soil: 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Plant at least two trees for nut production.
Hardiness: Schlarbaum 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: Mid to late October
Yield: 50+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Chestnuts are not bothered by pests or diseases in our region. It is thought that Schlarbaum is resistant to chestnut blight but it has not been thoroughly tested yet.
USDA Zone: 5
Sunset Western Zone: 2-9, 14-17
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34-41