Chestnuts: Growing the American Chestnut Tree

Wiped out by blight in the early 20th century, resistant hybrids of the American chestnut tree are making a comeback. Their rapid growth and productivity make them an excellent addition to any homestead.

American Chestnut tree
A chestnut orchard at Delmarvelous Farms in Townsend, DE. Whether you're growing American chestnut trees or a related species, give each tree about 40 feet of space in all directions.
PHOTO: RONALD SALMON