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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-15-2017, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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I picked up some chestnut seeds I found this fall and I don't have a clue what kind they are. I decided I'd try to plant some and 4 started growing. I'm completely new to tree planting and was hoping I could get an ID on these young trees. I also had a buddy give me some chestnuts and I think these might possibly be two different kinds?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-19-2017, 08:58 PM
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Top looks like a Chinese

Bottom looks like an American

But thats my guess
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-22-2017, 08:42 PM
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There are a number of guides on the net that describe how to identify various chestnuts. Shape of the leaf and hairs on the underside are important characteristics. However, they hybridize easily so combinations of various chinese, korean, japanese, european, and american can be difficult to ID.

But you saw the nuts and those are another indicator. A pure American chestnut is a small nut, dime to nickel size. If the nuts you received were larger than that, they are not pure American. Chinese can be medium to large size. Dunstan's were bred from large nut chinese varieties. Many European chestnuts are quite large.
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