Dj Cox wrote:I recently asked Michael Dolan if Burnt Ridge Nursery this question. Here is his response:
“We’ve identified several dozen varieties of chestnuts that do very well in Western Washington – it should be noted that many varieties and some species such as Chinese chestnut, do not do particularly well here.
For chestnuts, pick a site that has at least half day, to ideally, full day sun in summer. Avoid low, swampy ground or heavy clay on flat ground. They can grow in a clay soil, if it slopes or trees are planted on a slight mound. Grafted chestnuts will bear years sooner than seedlings and will typically produce heavier yields of larger nut than seedlings from the same variety, but grafted trees are more expensive to purchase. A few varieties of grafted trees are available now as potted plants, such as Marrisard, Tsukuba, Colossal, Okei, Belle Epine, Gillet, Bisalta. Skookum and Skioka are available now as potted seedlings. A greater selection will be available later in fall, winter and spring with bareroot stock.”
I am currently getting set up on a new property and trying to decide how to get these trees going. I have a pretty steep slope(25-30°) on 1/3 of the south facing property and will try to figure out a way to make some flattish areas to work on. I’ll likely be planting black locust and goumi, autumn olive, and silver berry to go with them. Any other polyculture recommendations?