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#26356 - 10/29/18 01:47 PM Mast Crop
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At my camp in NE Wisconsin, I do have oak trees. However they don't seem to ever be shedding many acorns. I've been reading up on the Chestnut tree, and how the whitetail deer go crazy over their mast crop. Back in the early 1900s, blight killed billions of these Chestnut trees. Currently though, an hybrid, blight resistant variety called the Dunstan Chestnut is available, with mast available in just 5-7 years. I would enjoy planting three or four of these trees. However, watering them during their first year of growth is essential to their success, and I can not afford the weekly trip to camp to do so. Have any of you had any experience with these trees?

Thanks, Frank.
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#26358 - 10/31/18 06:38 AM Re: Mast Crop [Re: FLSH ETR]
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A while back we had a talk about the American Chestnut. I know of a few spots where there are a few trees, just more or less "alive". Just hanging on. I do know of one, last time I checked it, it looked healthy. It's up near camera #3.

Our woods are changing. Our hemlocks are pretty much all dead, same way with our ash trees. On the bright side, we do have a lot of young oak trees filling in the void. Little trees, 15 inches tall or less.

Let me ask, where can a feller buy these Dunstan Chestnut trees? Wouldn't surprise me if they aren't $25 each or more. The hunt clubs around here have some money in the bank, it'd be worth giving them a try.

We have a Chinese Chestnut out on the farm, not sure if Dad planted the thing, or if Granddad planted it? It's been there as long as I can remember. As well as I know, it has nuts every year.

Compared to the American chestnut tree, the Chinese chestnut is just like a big bush. The one on the farm is maybe 25 feet tall.

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#26359 - 10/31/18 12:08 PM Re: Mast Crop [Re: redsnow]
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Check out 'Chestnut Hill Outdoors'. You'll get the whole Dunstan thing.

Frank.
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#26362 - 11/01/18 06:39 AM Re: Mast Crop [Re: FLSH ETR]
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Yep, looks like $25 per tree. Here's another link.

https://oak.ppws.vt.edu/~griffin/accf.html

Next time I'm up on the mountain, I'll check the one healthy tree that I know of. I'll take a little sack with me just in case it did produce any nuts.

The actual nuts inside of the burr, they have a very delicate little stem. I've always been told that without that stem intact, that the nut wouldn't take root.

First of November, it may be too late this season. Not sure?

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