Belle Epine grafted chestnut tree is a tree produced from a chestnut harvested from a Belle Epine chestnut tree, sprouted, and then when the seedling is of proper size is grafted with wood from the mother tree. This is a pollen producing chestnut tree. Nut production is good to excellent of large chestnuts that fall free from the burr starting at the age of 3-5 years. Full production in 12 - 15 years depending on the location. Nut fall is usually late October to early November - the last to drop it nuts in the fall. Nut quality is very good and holds very well in canning and gives good results in confectionery products.
The Belle Epine chestnut tree a French cultivar producing large sized chestnut trees with heights reaching 60 feet or more and 25-35 feet wide. The tree can be kept pruned to the size that fits your location. Winter cold/freeze damage can occur when winter temps drop below -10 F. Root rot resistance is good. To produce nuts you will need at least 2 trees with one of them being a different cultivar producing pollen (For Pacific Northwest growers these cultivars can be used as pollinators Marival, Basalta #3, Marigoule, Marsol).
(Delivery - Winter/Dec 2017)
Chestnut blight susceptible: Yes
Bloom time: Mid to late season
Median female flowers: 2
Maximum female flowers: 3
Tree growth habit: fast growing with medium height
Harvest: late season - one of the latest to drop
Nut per lb: 22
Production: Medium Pellicle: Occasional intrusion into the kernel
Split kernels: Some
Pollen: Good late season pollinator
Cold Hardy: -10F