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Old 12-17-2009, 01:00 PM
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Default Best hybrid chestnut trees for deer?

I want a hybrid type so they become a bigger tree in time.

But have to use a hybrid to try and have blight resistance.

Can some of you give me advise to some of the better ones you've tried please?
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:37 PM
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I think deer will eat most any true chestnut (not horse chestnuts). Your main decision will be related to years to bearing, trunk size/straightness (timber vs. nut production), and winter hardiness.

SE Michigan is either zone 4 or 5 I think so some of the European varieties probably won't make it there. Most Chinese Chestnuts grown in southern zones also will not make it.

I ordered mine from Burnt Ridge Nursery this year. They advised me that Skookum, Colossal, Sleeping Giant, and Connecticut Early are zone 4 hardy. Their prices are very competitive from what I've found and I've always had good luck with their fruit trees.
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Old 12-17-2009, 06:47 PM
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I ordered mine from Burnt Ridge Nursery this year. They advised me that Skookum, Colossal, Sleeping Giant, and Connecticut Early are zone 4 hardy. Their prices are very competitive from what I've found and I've always had good luck with their fruit trees.

I plan on ordering chestnuts by the lb, for planting, from them. Real reasonable prices as well and a huge selection.
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:26 AM
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Thanks for that nursery info I'll be checking it out.

badgersett.com

This is one I've been thinking about ordering from. Has anyone here tried their chestnut trees? Is of interest due to how far north they are, their trees should be sure to make it in my area.
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:05 AM
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Thanks for that nursery info I'll be checking it out.

badgersett.com

This is one I've been thinking about ordering from. Has anyone here tried their chestnut trees? Is of interest due to how far north they are, their trees should be sure to make it in my area.

Oh lord........I had a thread about Badgersett on this forum. Do a search and read it......

Here's a link:
http://qdmaforums.com/showthread.php...ght=badgersett
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:39 AM
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Oh lord........I had a thread about Badgersett on this forum. Do a search and read it......

Here's a link:
http://qdmaforums.com/showthread.php...ght=badgersett

OMG! !

THANKS!! ! I was planning to order in just the next day or so as I'd found no others advertised that looked as good to me.

You probably saved me a couple hundred bucks.

Did anyone ever find out what the issue was with them?
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:44 AM
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i ordered 50 wildlife hybrids from this guy a couple months ago.

http://www.empirechestnut.com/aboutus.htm
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:33 PM
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OMG! !

Did anyone ever find out what the issue was with them?

As my post on the other thread pointed out (I think I did anyway) - I had to contact the MN BBB to get any action. Once I did so, Badgersett sent my refund check about two weeks later. They didn't respond to the MN BBB until last month. Figure that out. I issued the complaint in May or June I believe - no response until November. That pretty much sums up my experience with them.

I was excited about the nursery as well. They have some interesting sounding chestnuts, but apparently they don't know how to run a business. If you try them maybe you'll have better luck, but all I can tell you is that they will never see a penny of my money.

If you want some sources of chestnut seedlings and nuts p.m. me and I'll shoot you some links.

Instead of that I'll just post it here.

http://www.oikostreecrops.com/store/...ageHistory=cat

http://www.wegrowit.com/Reeseville/R...dgeCatalog.htm
scroll down a little ways, he has Americans and chinkapins


http://www.burntridgenursery.com/nut...ept=53&parent=

this is who I’m using this year. Been very happy with their fruit trees in the past

http://www.uoguelph.ca/~chestnut/care&maintenance.htm

an information page

http://www.onegreenworld.com//index.php?cPath=2_69

good company, haven’t bought any chestnuts from them but I’ve been happy with their fruit trees.

http://www.raintreenursery.com/catal...oducttype=CHES

haven’t dealt with them personally, but they get good reviews on Dave’s Garden website

http://truenaturefarm.com/treecatalog.html

scroll down aways, these folks also have some great oaks

http://www.redfernfarm.com/primer.htm

information page, but they sell chestnuts too – click on the catalog icon

http://www.empirechestnut.com/catalog.htm

heard good reports

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