Volunteer chestnut seedling

Looks like a local squirrel must have planted a chestnut next to this stump. Am I right that this looks more like a Chinese chestnut than American? I’ve never grown either, but might let this one stay for now.


Definitely not pure American. Possibly a Chinese/American hybrid.

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I planted 5 seeds of I think pure American. (Minus one the squirrels dug up and ate.)

I also have three potted young trees of the real deal.

Also, saw some 6 foot trees for sale…but I bet they are not 100%…at a retail nursery lot for $47 apice.

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I had completely forgotten about that seedling, I’ll go check on it tomorrow to see how it’s doing these days.

On a related note, I did see this interesting chart in the Earthbound Farmers Almanac recently, I didn’t realize all the different species and hybrids that are out there:

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So many errors in that document.

Should go to the page and correct them! They do say it’s a first draft based on information found in catalogs and such

Way too much work.

Went and looked at the volunteer seedling from last year, it’s still there, though the leaves look a little curled maybe: