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Castanea dentata – American Chestnut

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Castanea dentata – American Chestnut

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Castanea dentata, the American Chestnut, once dominated American forests with its towering presence and prolific nut production. This fast-growing tree can reach impressive heights, offering dense, lush foliage and large, edible chestnuts in the fall. Ideal for spacious landscapes, the American Chestnut is not only a symbol of ecological restoration but also provides significant value for wildlife, offering food and habitat. Planting an American Chestnut is a step towards restoring the legacy of these magnificent trees, contributing to biodiversity and the beauty of natural landscapes.


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6-Pack, 9-Pack, Single

Common Name

American chestnut





Native Range

Eastern United States

Height Range (ft.)

50.00 to 75.00

Spread (ft.)

50.00 to 75.00

Bloom Time


Bloom Description



Full Sun






Edible, Showy





Product Description

Embrace the legacy of Castanea dentata, the American Chestnut, a tree that once played a crucial role in North America’s ecosystems. Known for its rapid growth and massive stature, the American Chestnut was a cornerstone of Eastern American forests before the chestnut blight of the early 20th century dramatically reduced its population. Today, efforts to reintroduce this noble tree are bringing hope for its comeback, making it an intriguing option for conservation-minded gardeners and large landscape projects.

Why the American Chestnut?

  • Historical Significance: Once a prevalent species, planting an American Chestnut is a contribution to its conservation and a nod to American natural heritage.
  • Ecological Benefits: Provides food for wildlife, including nuts for mammals and birds, and serves as a host for various beneficial insects.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: With its broad, spreading canopy, the American Chestnut is a stunning addition to any landscape, offering spectacular yellow to gold fall foliage.
  • Edible Harvest: Produces edible nuts that are highly valued for their taste and nutritional content, enjoyed by both wildlife and humans.

Growing the American Chestnut

  • Sunlight: Requires full sun for optimal growth and nut production.
  • Soil: Prefers well-drained, acidic soils but shows adaptability to a range of soil conditions.
  • Watering: Regular watering is essential during its first few years; once established, it is relatively drought-resistant.
  • Spacing: Given its potential size, ample space is crucial. Plant at least 40 feet away from other large trees or structures.

Landscape Use and Conservation Efforts

Ideal for large properties, parks, and reforestation projects, Castanea dentata can serve as a magnificent specimen tree, contribute to the re-establishment of native forests, or be planted in rows for nut production. Its reintroduction not only enhances landscape diversity but also aids in the recovery of ecosystems formerly dependent on this species.

Joining the Restoration Movement

By planting an American Chestnut, you’re participating in a broader effort to restore this iconic tree to its native range. Each tree planted brings us closer to reviving the landscapes once graced by these giants, supporting biodiversity and creating a lasting legacy for future generations.

Incorporate the majestic Castanea dentata into your landscape for its beauty, ecological benefits, and to be part of a meaningful conservation story. As this historic tree makes its comeback, you can take pride in contributing to a greener, more biodiverse world.


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Shipping perishable items in the heat of summer can be tricky to say the least. Our goal is to try to get your plants to you in the best shape possible.

This means we may hold off on shipping items during periods of excessively high temperatures to give your new plants the best chance of surviving their journey in good shape.