For almost a decade, I’ve been growing seedling trees here near the Ohio River, and I’ve grafted a few. Last Fall, I bought an Amling that is grafted onto Major rootstock. Planted it next to a creek. When Spring came, it took off like a rocket, even producing a few catkins.
But, I know it’s a Southern tree. I’ve heard it does okay in Tennessee. What do you all think? Will it produce a good nut crop before growing season is over?
( BTW, I know it’s not a big producer. I was drawn to it because I hear it’s a nice looking tree with top tier disease resistance. So, I figure it could be a nice pollinator, looker, and might provide a few nuts each year.)
I have had an Amling and an Excel in northwest Alabama since 2012. IMO, both have a pretty good chance of maturing nuts in Louisville. The problem may be more with spring budbreak. Both were nipped a few years ago by a late spring frost. Adams #5 is later to bud out so might be a possibility if you want a tree less likely to get frosted. There are plenty of other good choices better adapted to your area. Hark and Kanza are near the top.