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Old 09-10-2012, 08:12 PM
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Hopefully they will be cold hardy for you. Don't get me wrong, there is no such thing as a bad chestnut. I have planted Dunstans from Chestnut Hill along with chinese, american, and I especially like the Empire wildlife hybrids. This is the first year I planted some Empire american hybrids. I am seeking as much diversity as possible. Interestingly, out of about 75 chestnut trees I planted out this year, the only one that had a blight canker was a Dunstan. It was healing nicely though so they clearly are resistant.
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:01 PM
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Just ordered 3 Lbs. he picked some more.
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Thanks drew....I had not been able to catch him selling but just got 4#...I was about to give up...
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My chestnuts just arrived today...they are tasty and came in great condition.
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My chestnuts just arrived today...they are tasty and came in great condition.


I thought you would like them.






Pretty nice size aren't they?
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:22 AM
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Pretty nice size aren't they?

Very large seeds, much larger than the American Chestnuts I get from ACCF
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:15 PM
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Can anyone tell me what where Dunstan Chestnuts fall on the deer browsing preference list?

We have pretty high deer densities. We are soon having our pines thinned. I was thinking of starting some of these from seed and then planting them in the thinned pine rows.

If I have to protect them from deer like fruit trees, it drives the cost way up and may be impractical.

I'd appreciate any inputs.
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:17 AM
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Can anyone tell me what where Dunstan Chestnuts fall on the deer browsing preference list?

We have pretty high deer densities. We are soon having our pines thinned. I was thinking of starting some of these from seed and then planting them in the thinned pine rows.

If I have to protect them from deer like fruit trees, it drives the cost way up and may be impractical.

I'd appreciate any inputs.


FSHAFLY2 would be able to answer your question. He has Dunstan's that are 15+ years old.

My advise would be similar to what Ben's is for apples. Better to plant 10 trees and takes care of them than plant 100 and not. After 10 years those 10 Dunstan's should producing 10 pounds per tree with increasing yields each year. If there's no way you can protect them then look at your property. Do any young oaks survive or do they get browsed and not survive? If you see young oaks that survive then the young chestnuts might make it as well.

I found this great Chestnut link with lots of great information
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:42 AM
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Jack, Dustans are a fantastic draw, but you'll definately need to protect the young ones. I just tube and stake my first year trees, then in the second year I cage them. If you don't cage them, the tops will be gone in no time. They are not like an apple tree, though, in that no spraying or pruning is required. If you plant a few, after 3 or 4 years, you can harvest the nuts for seedlings and re-use the cages on the younger trees. We've been doing this now for about 8 years and some of the trees are over 20 feet tall. I would highly recommend them.
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:51 AM
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Protecting a few choice fruit trees is one thing, but I was hoping to do this in volume. I bought 5 lbs of nuts which, according to what others are saying, should equate to about 200 seeds. I was going to shoot to successfully propagate about 50 of them to the seedling stage. I figured I'd start with about 72 in the rootmaker trays to allow for failures. The rest of the seeds, I was thinking of simply planting directly into our soil and letting nature take its course.

We have a lot of browse on our property. Young oaks I'm sure get occasional browsing, but nothing that hurts survival. Deer don't target them. If you guys think the browsing preference is about the same as oaks, I don't think my deer will kill most of them. I may consider 5 foot tubes, but 50 cages would be way out of budget. I will probably plant a select few in prime spots with cages as a control for comparison.

For ice cream crops like soybeans, I had to get to 7 acres of browse resistant eagle beans to get them to establish well and not be naked all summer. But for us, summer is the stress period. We have relatively light winters here usually. We are clear-cutting some poor quality hardwoods within the next 12 months, and you youngest pines are just starting to canopy so there is still lots of browse and Japanese honeysuckle available.

Am I being foolish?
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:01 PM
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If anybody has anymore dunstan I would like to buy some, maybe 12-24 or so....or could someone tell me where to buy some. Thanks

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Old 09-28-2012, 08:03 PM
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If anybody has anymore dunstan I would like to buy some, maybe 12-24 or so....or could someone tell me where to buy some. Thanks

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Try contacting Chestnuts of Pike County.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:33 PM
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Thanks for the help!
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If anybody has anymore dunstan I would like to buy some, maybe 12-24 or so....or could someone tell me where to buy some. Thanks

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They're on ebay right now. Search on "Dunston chestnut" instead of dunstan.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:45 PM
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They're on ebay right now. Search on "Dunston chestnut" instead of dunstan.

Thanks, will try that spelling!!
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:42 PM
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For anyone interested, I contacted Chestnut Ridge, they said they will have nuts available for sale soon.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:22 AM
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I bought 10 pounds of the "Dunston" chestnuts. If you're looking for some, send me a PM and we can work something out.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:13 PM
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I bought 10 pounds of the "Dunston" chestnuts. If you're looking for some, send me a PM and we can work something out.

Thanks for the offer, but I ordered some already.

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