Yes, by appointment only. Please call 1-855-386-7826 or email us at chestnuthilloutdoors@gmail.com to set up an appointment. Appointments will typically be scheduled on Fridays. We ask that you call or email your order by the Wednesday before the Friday appointment to allow us time to have your order pulled and ready for you. 

At our office, we have a small sample of trees available that you can choose from. For orders, we pull the plants from the production nursery so you cannot choose the plants we pull. Our insurance does not allow people to walk around the farm. Please call our office at 1.855.386.7826 to make an appointment. 

We guarantee our trees to be true-to-type and in good health when they leave the nursery. Due to the many factors that go into planting and care, we do not offer unconditional replacement. If there is a problem with your order upon receiving it, please contact us within 24 hours of delivery and before you plant your trees so we can assess any issues with your order. Once trees are planted, the customer is responsible for growth, care, and survival. Please utilize the extensive planting guides within our Learning Center to help care for your trees properly. You can also call our office at 1.855.386.7826 or email us at chestnuthilloutdoors@gmail.com if you have any questions about your trees as they grow. We will do our best to assist you. We do not offer any guarantee or replacement for trees bought in retail stores.

We offer our wholesale prices to members of the commercial landscape and nursery trade. You must provide us with a landscape or nursery business license and State of Florida resale tax certificate. We also offer wholesale pricing to commercial orchards (minimum order of 100 trees). Please note, customers may be asked to sign a non-propagation agreement dependent on the type of tree and volume purchased. 

(50) 3-gallon trees or (15) 7-gallon will fit in a palletized box for shipping via Fedex Freight.

We ship mail-ordered trees during our spring and fall shipping seasons. Our spring season is from January to April, starting with the southern states first and then shipping progressively north as spring comes to the northern states. Our fall season is from September to November, starting with northern states and then shipping progressively south. You can pick up plants from the nursery year-round by appointment only. 

Due to climate and/or regulatory restrictions, we cannot ship to Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, North Dakota, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming. We also cannot ship outside of the United States.

We do not sell chestnut seeds, only the trees.

During our spring and fall shipping seasons, we do ship trees to select retailers including Walmart, Rural King, and select co-op feed stores. Please visit our Store Locator to find a retail store near you.

We ship trees during our spring and fall shipping seasons. Our spring shipping season is from late January to late April, and our fall shipping season is from late September to early December. We ship our trees according to your USDA Plant Zones at the ideal time to plant, ensuring that you're set up for as much success as possible. The planting location you provided when you ordered your trees will determine when they ship. We open our website for ordering during our shipping seasons.

Planting and Growing

In the South, you can plant from Oct-Apr, as long as the ground is not frozen. In the north, late August-September and March-May are planting seasons. Fall planting is good because the trees root into the ground as long as the ground is not frozen, and they come out in the spring with less shock. See our planting guides for more information!

In order for a tree to produce nuts or fruit, its flowers need to be pollinated. Some tree varieties are able to self-pollinate, while other varieties need a second tree to pollinate. When you select your trees for purchase, the product info will indicate if a second pollinator is required or not.

Each variety of tree will need different spacing. Check the product info on each tree to see its specific spacing. In general, Chestnuts should be planted 35-40’ apart, and most fruit trees can be planted 10-20' apart.

Chestnuts will begin to bear in 3-5 years after planting and most fruit trees and berries will produce fruit within 1-2 years after planting. You should not allow a tree to overbear when it is young, so remove some fruit if the crop appears too heavy, or it will stunt the growth of the tree.

Use a balanced fertilizer with minor elements such as Scott's Osmocote or Espoma Holly Tone organic per package directions.  Don't fertilize in the late summer or fall, as this could lead to vigorous growth and damage from early frosts. Do not put in the hole, but on top of the soil.

Most plants are pruned when dormant in the winter or just after fruit harvest.

Water is the single most important element in tree survival. We highly recommend installing an irrigation system. Infrequent watering from a hose is not enough, especially in the first year of growth. If you are planting in the woods where there is no water (especially for chestnuts and wildlife trees) we strongly suggest you use Grow Tubes and supplement with water.

You must water the trees in thoroughly at transplanting, preferably 2-3x/week the first year. In woodland plantings, if the trees are not getting regular (1-2x/week) rains, you will need to water supplementally.

Grow Tubes act like mini-greenhouses and make small trees grow faster, especially in forest plantings. They also recycle water that breathes off the leaves at night during photosynthesis, and protects the trees from animal damage and herbicide over-pray. Leave them on the trees until the trunks outgrow the tubes, then cut them off.

No, this can cause root fungus. Put topsoil back in the hole but do not amend with compost, peat moss or manure (which can burn the roots).

Yes it is very important to protect young trees from weeds – they compete with the roots for water and nutrients. Herbicides such as Roundup can kill young trees even if it just hits the trunk. Weed mats are very helpful in eliminating weed competition.

We suggest building a cage with t-bar posts and 5’ concrete reinforcing wire at least 3’ in diameter. If you have a lot of pressure from deer, it is the best method and protects your investment in the trees.

No unless there is a reason. Contact your local extension agent if you see signs of bug damage, and they can help you identify the pest and give recommendations for treatment.

All Oriental Persimmons are grafted and will bear in 2-3 years after planting. The same for grafted American Persimmons. Seedling American persimmons are either male (flowers only) or female (will bear fruit), so you need to plant 4-5 seedling American persimmon trees together to make sure your trees are pollinated.

Chestnut Questions

Yes, all chestnuts need pollinators. Plant a minimum of 2 Dunstans, we recommend 3 or more for best pollination and mast production. Ideal spacing for nut production is between 30-40' apart.

Yes, but the nut production will not be as good.

We suggest a minimum of 20' and a maximum of 50'.

We recommend 30'x30' (=54 trees/acre). They will begin to touch after 15 years, and can be thinned at that time. Or 40'x40' (=25 trees/acre).

In the north, early spring (when we ship) or early fall (Sept-Oct). In the south, they can be planted most of the year, except during the coldest part of winter, or during extended droughts.

No, we use all of our crop for planting and our Dunstan is a trademarked tree.

Dunstan Chestnuts are blight resistant, which American Chestnuts are not. They produce larger nuts than American Chestnuts. If grown in the open, Dunstan Chestnuts will spread (just like American Chestnuts) and if grown in the forest or tight spacing, will be more timber form.

They will grow from Zones 5-9 (see USDA Hardiness Zone Map). They need at least 300 Chill Hours. They will withstand temperatures down to -20F for established trees.

Yes, chestnuts bear every year (unlike oaks). If they experience a late freeze in the spring after leaf-out, or early fall freeze before the nuts ripen, can damage production or growth.
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