We encourage you to send us photos of your successes growing our trees,
and we will post them here on our website!
"We planted Dunstan
Chestnuts on our farm in Pike County, Illinois in 1999. They have grown
tremendously, even in this cold climate. We harvest many deer from the land
each year. The trees are bearing 2,000 lbs/acre after only 10 years. We have
had to put up an 8' deer fence to keep them from eating all of our nut
-Dale and Linda Black, Pike
Our Dunstan Chestnuts are planted on 20' centers and now over 40' tall, planted in 1994.
-Delmarvelous Orchards, DE
Planted 10/2013 Borrowed Acres Farm Sylacauga, AL
Pictures from 10/2015
-Borrowed Acres Farm, AL
planted 62 Dunstan Chestnuts in 2000, along with 800 Collosal, Marigoule and
Maraval chestnuts at our farm in northern Connecticut. We are surrounded
by American chestnuts in the nearby forests, both dead trees and suckers sprouting
from the roots, so there is a lot of blight in the area. All 800 of the
other chestnuts have died, but we have not lost a single Dunstan
Chestnut. Last year (2009) we harvested 400 lbs of nuts from the 62
Dunstan trees. They are beautiful, large nuts."
Luginbuhl, Ellignton CT
I visited your office while we were in Florida. Thought you'd like to see these photos,
A dozen of these on one tree and the 2nd year after planting, Very Impressive! - 2015
We planted Dunstan Chestnuts in the Blue Ridge in the early 1990s. We sell all we can grow, but the bears break branches out of the trees to eat the nuts. We have to keep a person up all night in the orchard during harvest season to keep the bears away.
-Wilson Orchards, VA
Dear Chestnut Hill
The four trees arrived Feb 2017 and I potted them up and all four are leafing out beautifully (Friendswood, Texas). Those are Tree-mendous size ONE YEAR trees - how do you get them four feet tall in a year?!
Anyway, your trees are very beautiful and healthy and should become great producers if I find them the right slightly acidic, well drained soil.
-D. Allen- Freindswood, Texas
3 year old Dunstan chestnut trees planted 2014. Photo taken Sept 2017
-L. Wilson - Michigan
If you look closely in the upper corner of the first photo you can see some chestnuts still on the tree.
Great photo beautiful tree and the oldest chestnut log lodge, photo on the right.
Come visit. -2015
We planted 45 of the
Dunstans here between 2012-13. Only 5 died, and they were in a very dry area.
That's my fault for not watering them more. I used tubes/stakes and surrounded
them all with 2"x4"x 4' tall welded wire and either grass mats or
mulch on all but 2. I ran out of mats/mulch on them. We also used fertilizer spikes
on them. 2 spikes per tree. I have to fence them in or the buck will tear them
up and the deer will eat the leaves/shoots from the top of the tubes. The
Persimmons are doing much better than I expected!! I didn't think they'd make
it through our winters here in N.E. PA. The Crabapples I figured would do fine
as we have other mature crabs here on the property. The Sawtooth Oaks are all
growing. Some stronger than others. Our Branch will be having another tree sale
in the Spring. We already have much interest and will be taking pre-orders
-Mike Koneski, PA
Just wanted to give you an update. The foxes are still getting the drip system. Guess it will be an ongoing thing. The great news is the survival of the trees. I had read that I should expect a 10% loss in my trees according to websites I read. After 1 year I have a 100% success rate so far. Every tree flushed out great. I am thrilled. I am a little behind on my next planting. Having to have a roof put on the farm house. I am trying to prep for another 100 to 150 trees. I have the rows and stakes ready and need to get the irrigation system in. I hope to have about 400 to 500 trees when I am done.
-T. Carden, TLC Farms, GA
-Leu Gardens. Orlando, Fl
Our Dunstan Chestnuts are planted on 20' centers and now over 40' tall, planted in 1994.
-Delmarvelous Orchards, DE
Chestnuts on a 5yr old Dunstan chestnut tree above just planted last year spring. All trees pictured are 5 yr old Dunstan chestnut trees spaced around 30' apart.
-J. Dixon, IL
Hello Bob, This is Mark
Longwell from Rochester NY. I know this is a late message. I wanted to send this
sooner but got so busy. Anyway, I wanted to take the time to thank you and your
staff for allowing me to visit your chestnut tree farm. It was so interesting
to see the trees and listen to the wealth of knowledge you have about them. I
have been speaking with James Cobb in Utica NY and he informs me that the 300
plus Dunstans he planted are following script per your website. He says they do
very well here and this past harsh winter did not harm them at all. So with
that said, I will be contacting Deb in the near future to place a order for
spring. It will not be the 640 trees I had planned however, I think I will be
going for approx. 324 trees. Again,
thank you for your hospitality.
-Sincerely Mark, NY
These are the trees we planted December 2013. They are in 6' grow tubes.
-D McKenna Nuthouse Farms, GA
My property is North of
Baton Rouge, LA on the Louisiana/Mississippi State line. I planted 50
American Persimmon trees from Real Tree Nursery this spring. I ordered 50
trees and all 50 trees survived, I was amazed. I will plant another 50
trees this coming spring of another variety.
David Satisfied Customer, LA
- Captain Favre
Chestnut Experts - We absolutely love our chestnuts, have planted our first 100
and seem to be taking well. We have tree protectors around them and have
sprouted leaves quickly. Next year we intend to order early and plant
another 100. Sincerely,
-James Cobb, Clinton, NY
planting was part of the branch's commitment to plant some type of
useful trees for Donna Salko in memory of her late husband, Dr. Salko.
Dr. and Mrs. Salko have supported the Susquehanna Branch for many years
at our fund raising banquets and other activities-2014
-QDMA Susquehanna Branch, PA
again for going the extra mile to see that I got our peach tree. I wish I
had employees that would be that way! Thanks again,
all: Two weeks ago I picked up 4 of your plum trees. Everyone was so
helpful. I particularly appreciate all the excellent directions to your
place and then on to my cousin's house. We planted 2 plums at my dads and
the other 2 at my husband’s office. We will have fun watching them
grow. Thanks again for helping me, and best wishes from a gardening
-Terri Jesmonth, Pensacola FL
- Thank you for your time and attention. We really enjoyed the tour of
your farm, and we learned a lot. We'll pass the info on to other GC
members and the Master Gardeners. You'll be seeing more of us! Thanks again.
- Pat Caren, Pres. Alligator Creek Garden Club, Starke FL
have been wanting to thank you for a while...I ordered seedlings that arrived
last spring. I can't believe how they have done. Almost doubled
their size in one growing season...and after traveling all the way to
Ohio. I was not sure at first they would even leaf out...but then they
just took off. The soil here is not the greatest, and perhaps on the
alkaline side. But despite this it is the very best mail order
nursery stock I have ever received, and bareroot too! How did you do it?
I am a horticulturist and have never had such luck with any mail order stock,
Thanks a bunch, I am so pleased.
-Megan King, OH
Hello. Last spring, you shipped six Dunstan Chestnuts to my home in south St. Louis. I am in the USDA hardiness zone of 5b, or according to Arbor
Day Foundation, I’m in zone 6. The seedlings you sent are doing
extremely well. Most are now around 4 ½ feet tall, while two are over 5 ½
feet tall, sticking out of the grow tubes! I’m very pleased that they
seem to have adjusted well to their environment, which is adjacent to a
forested area on soil that is rocky and mostly clay. Thanks
I received the order. The trees look very healthy and were nicely
packed. I buy quite a few plants for delivery -- many are not well
packed so it is a pleasure to see yours. I've planted them and look
forward to seeing how they do. All the best,
-D Green, GA
-Lovell Farms, GA
Whom It May Concern - I planted the 10 chestnut trees I bought two weeks
ago. To say the least, the care with which those plants were packed and shipped
gave me the sense that I had something truly special. Each one felt quite alive
as I held them. I own 78 acres in the Berkshires - a place where the chestnut
once reigned supreme! I planted these trees in an open spot in the forest in
hopes of reintroducing this tree to where it belongs. I'll get another
10 next year! Thanks and have a great summer!
-Bill Meier Great Barrington, MA
received my trees last week right on schedule and was very pleased with the
quality of the trees"
to fill you in on how well the grapes that I purchased from you last February
are doing. I find it hard to believe how fast they are growing. I'm going to
add on the structure at a later date. If you see anything that I should be
doing, I would appreciate any advice that you may have to
you! Your order arrived a few hours ago-the service is unbelievably fast-and
all of the plants are very healthy-great root systems. I can see that every one
of them will do very well. Thank you again Chestnut Hill! I am a huge plant
buff, and belong to several online plant organizations. You can be sure I will
be signing your praises! Have a great afternoon,
I purchased 5 Dunstan's from you this spring. They arrived here in NY in April
and I got them in the ground the next day. I planted them and mixed peat moss
with the local soil, put 4' tree shelters around them, sprayed the competing
vegetation, watered them through our drought 2 to 3 times a week and in June I
watered with a weak solution of miracid. All are doing great. Two are now
4'6" tall, two are 5', and I have one mutant that is 8' tall. The picture
is of the mutant and was taken this last Saturday. Its still putting out new
leaves! Thanks for the great trees.
was harvesting only 10,000 lbs from my 500 12-15 year old trees picking up nuts
every other day. When I went to picking up nuts every day, my harvest
jumped to 26,000 lbs! The deer were eating 2/3 of my crop every
-R.T., North Carolina
Bob and Debbie: Thank you for your sponsorship of the Green Builder Vision
House 2011 and ReVision House 2011 showcased at the International Builders Show
in Orlando January 12-15th, 2011. Your contributions were greatly
appreciated by all involved. The edible landscaping with Chestnut Hill's
peaches, nectarines, chestnuts, plums, blueberries, blackberries and grapes
were the hit of the home tours!
-Teresa Watkins Landscape Designer, Radio and
TV Gardening Host www.greenbuildermag.com
Year old Dunstan in 1000 tree Orchard in Kentucky
I am also pleased with the with the 180 trees that I ordered this
year to start my orchard, best as I can tell I have only lost one.
Below is a few photos for you. I already have trees coming out of the
top of 5 foot tubes and some of these newly planted trees have put out
Catkins. Again, I am very please with my order and the quality of the trees.
Hanna Farms of the Pee Dee, Inc.
In order below, my orchard layout, 2014 tree with Catkin, and 2014 tree coming out of a five foot tube.
-W. Hanna, SC
We bought 8 Dunstan chestnut trees from a nursery
in New Hampton, Iowa, and 7 survived the winter. We believe a gopher chewed the roots off the one that died.
was told that Rochester, Minnesota, is in zone 4 and that it is very
hard for these chestnut trees to grow here, but as of right now we have
11 chestnut trees growing (7 Dunstan and 4 American).
-D. Timm Rochester, MN