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#6296811 - 05/12/16 04:58 PM Chestnut / chinkapin trees
George - w/ Map My Ranch Offline
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Registered: 10/09/12
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Loc: Houston, Texas
I've read a few articles about chestnut trees and how they basically died out from blight a century ago. Heard about a family that worked on creating a resistant strand with good success. Mainly best on the Eastern side of the US. Heard folks grown them in Texas, but more people grow in Chinkapins, a chestnut relative. All that to ask, have any of you grown any with success here in Texas? A study at the Whitetail Institute shows chestnuts favored 100x than acorns. Figured if they can be grown (in the right conditions here in Texas) it might be a good investment to drop some in the ground. Just curious if any has done this...

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#6296850 - 05/12/16 05:32 PM Re: Chestnut / chinkapin trees [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
PMK Offline
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Registered: 09/10/12
Posts: 5345
Loc: Central TX (Gtown/Austin)
I had to do a little Google'n ... these are also called Chinquapin oak and appear they thrive in alkaline or basic soils but can be fickle as a young tree. also appears to be a very slow grower, so it might be the old saying about a wise man plants a tree not for himself, but for future generations ... OR ... A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
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#6297163 - 05/12/16 09:52 PM Re: Chestnut / chinkapin trees [Re: PMK]
MClark Offline

Registered: 10/09/15
Posts: 153
Loc: Arizona
This site has lots of information on chestnut trees,
It is a tree developed to be resistant to the blight.
Trees are available through some Walmarts.


#6297310 - 05/13/16 06:59 AM Re: Chestnut / chinkapin trees [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
Creekrunner Offline
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Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 8103
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
We got two Chinquapin oaks from the city for free. The one with the sprinkler system is doing great. The one behind my barn, that I have to remember to water when it doesn't rain for a while, is about the same size as when we got it, 3 or 4 years ago. They are suppose to be oak wilt resistant.
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#6297392 - 05/13/16 08:09 AM Re: Chestnut / chinkapin trees [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
rifleman Offline
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Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 43978
Loc: Kingwood
One place I hunt is loaded with chinquapins. If the hogs didn't love them they'd make for excellent deer attraction there.

#6297485 - 05/13/16 09:17 AM Re: Chestnut / chinkapin trees [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
Russ79 Offline
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Registered: 12/04/09
Posts: 410
Loc: Nacogdoches, Tx
I got an email from Mossy Oak that is selling Chestnut seedlings. Thinking about buying some.

#6297518 - 05/13/16 09:38 AM Re: Chestnut / chinkapin trees [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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Registered: 11/23/05
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For those of you that have never seen a true chinquapin tree with the nuts on it, you need to look extremely close at them if you plan on planting anywhere near your house. They have an aggressive hull that resembles a very large grass burr and will hurt if stepped on. You will need heavy gloves to gather them when they fall in the fall. They are very good to eat but you earn them.

#6297833 - 05/13/16 01:20 PM Re: Chestnut / chinkapin trees [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
nsmike Offline
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Do a little research, chestnuts and cinquapins, tend to need neutral to acidic soil and most aren't self pollinating. You'll need at least two trees preferably of different varieties.
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