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Grafting Chestnut on Dwarfing rootstalk

Dominic Muren

Joined: Nov 12, 2011
Posts: 8
American (or Chinese) chestnut is a great starch-source tree for those of us living in North America. Unfortunately, it's pretty huge for those of us living in cities. The chinkapin, a naturally dwarf, bushy cousin from the Appalachians would be awesome, but all of the stock I can find comes from the east coast, and thus harbors the Chestnut blight, making it either restricted (by nurseries who care) or morally questionable to ship it to Washington state -- Our american chestnuts are still alive because they never got blight, not because they are immune.

So, it piqued my interest when I heard that Chestnut had been grafted onto oak during the first decade after the chestnut blight ravaged the trees back east. A google book search returns multiple mentions from the early 1900s:

Has anyone had luck with this? Tried it? If so, is it possible to get dwarfing from this sort of arrangement? Cause that would be awesome!!

Any thoughts or clues would be appreciated.
tel jetson

Joined: May 17, 2007
Posts: 3328
Location: woodland, washington
I haven't tried grafting any chestnuts, but a couple other ideas come to mind: bark inversions and partial girdling. I don't know if either of those would work with chestnuts, but both are used to dwarf various other trees.

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Dominic Muren

Joined: Nov 12, 2011
Posts: 8
Another thought, based on this Google Book, Published 1840:

Apparently, cork oak can serve as a rootstock host for chestnut. I'm really excited about raw-material-producing guild members, and this could be the holy grail of material meets food

Any other interesting ideas for material + food guilds? I'll probably start another discussion on this topic.
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