Szego Grafted Chestnut Tree
Szego Grafted Chestnut Tree is an excellent hybrid of European and Chinese chestnuts and is one of the most delicious of any hybrid chestnut. Nuts fall free of the burr and are very large, sometimes even larger than Schlarbaum. Makes a 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. Szego 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 varieties for nut production.
Hardiness: 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. Szego is resistant to chestnut blight.
USDA Zone: 5
Sunset Western Zone: 2-9, 14-17
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34-41