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I'm looking to add 2 chestnut trees and cannot find any that aren't mail order. Lowe's, Home Depot and Walmart don't carry them. Anyone know where I can just go and pick 2 up?
 

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Not sure how far this place is from you. It used to be Empire Chestnut. I bought some wildlife hybrid chestnut trees a few years ago, but I just got them mail order.

https://route9cooperative.com/contact-us/

I think you can pick them up there, but not sure.
 

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You may want to keep checking this site to see when they ship to Walmarts in this areas. It looks like they have been shipping down south right now. You may want to give them a call to see if they are shipping anywhere local. Same place hunter718 posted.

CHESTNUT HILL OUTDOORS
 

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T - how big of a chestnut tree are you looking for?
It doesn't really matter. Was figuring they'd be 4' or 5' like the ones at Lowe's or Walmart, but I'm good with any size. Thanks for the link.
 

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It might be a little early to get them this far north. I know some local Ag-ways carry the tree's from Chestnut hill outdoors. There's plenty of places to get them online, but you'll pay a premium to ship them. I've seen people say nice things about BlueHill. Find local tree farms, and call around. :)
 

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Tbrom, Rural King in Butler will be getting Dunstan Chestnuts in a few weeks. Been getting them there for a few yrs and will be getting some in April.
 

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Tbrom, Rural King in Butler will be getting Dunstan Chestnuts in a few weeks. Been getting them there for a few yrs and will be getting some in April.
PERFECT. That's only about a 45 minute drive. I will contact them and make that trip when available. Thank you!
 

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Personally, I'd pull the trigger on something like this, if you can't find any local. A 4-6' tree is probably two years old. Something like this is a year old.
https://www.nativnurseries.com/collections/hybrid-and-specialty-oaks/products/blight-resistant-chestnuts-seedlings-for-sale-castanea-mollissima-and-hybrids

You likely want more than 2, since they'll need to cross pollinate. If something happens to one, you'll be waiting a bit for another one to catch up.
Thank you, RGrizzzz. I already have them on my property, I just want to add a couple young trees to the mix.
 

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A couple of my friends here in Maine have chestnut trees in their yards which bear nuts. One of them has had some fun with the city arborist, putting some leaves, nuts and burrs in a big envelope and leaving them anonymously at the arborist's office, just to mess with him.

Another friend, who used to live in central Connecticut, had a couple trees on her property which also bore, and abundantly. Interestingly, even though there were abundant squirrels on the property it seemed like the squirrels had forgotten the nuts are good to eat.

This month's issue of Fur, Fish and Game (4/19) has a reader letter (which refers back to another reader letter in the 2/19 issue) in which the reader notes "It is also necessary to protect the saplings for 10 years to prevent mice and rabbits gnawing the lower bark, deer rubbing the higher bark and eating the buds."
 

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This month's issue of Fur, Fish and Game (4/19) has a reader letter (which refers back to another reader letter in the 2/19 issue) in which the reader notes "It is also necessary to protect the saplings for 10 years to prevent mice and rabbits gnawing the lower bark, deer rubbing the higher bark and eating the buds."

Yes. That's good advice. I protect all of my trees from the deer with the old slatted snow fence, and then I put the white plastic protectors around their trunks because the rabbits can get through the fence. I only leave the fence up for three years, however, not 10. By that time the deer can't browse them too heavily and the bucks won't rub them with the plastic protectors on them. At least thats been my experience.
 

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Thank you, Hsimmons. If you had a couple I'd take you up on that. I'll just contact Rural King and go from there.
 

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Very soon you will be able to buy seedlings for the Blight proof American Chestnut trees. They are in the hands of the folks cooperating in the program to develop them and we have a nice grove of them In Lancaster Co, I won't sat where that are being used now to produce seedlings.
 
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