Hello Fruit and Nut enthusiast! Welcome to another year of planting for free and public picking. We are excited to expand the number of edible trees to include nuts…both versatile and nutrient dense varieties that are suited well to our region. We have selected three varieties that will produce nuts for eating in 3-5 years and tolerate a diversity of soils.
You can support this effort by sponsoring a tree (donating $50) or adopting a tree (planting and caring). By joining the Applecorps you will receive seasonal updates on proper care for your tree and be a part of a growing network of local food enthusiasts. Thanks for investing in a nutrient dense and food secure future. We look forward to being in touch.
A minimum of two trees is necessary for pollination.
AMERICAN OR CHINESE CHESTNUT The American Chestnut is making a comeback after years of cultivating blight resistant varieties. Chestnuts are majestic trees capable of producing large quantities of delicious nuts every year. They bloom in early summer & ripen in early fall. They form inside prickly husks that are squirrel proof until they fall ripe from the trees. Chestnut wood is an excellent, attractive & rot resistant hardwood. Chestnuts need a sunny location with good soil drainage. We sell grafted, layered & seedling chestnuts.
Growing Specifications: Sunny location with good soil drainage. Potentially large spreading shade trees when grown in the open, although most orchard spacings are at 25 foot intervals. Chestnuts can be grown as a bush or a tree if pruned to have a central leader.
HAZELNUTS, HAZELBURTS AND FILBERTS (Corylus spp.) One of the oldest used species of nut-bearing plants. From 8,000-5,000 BC, this plant accounted for 75% of all pollen found in peat bogs. Like wild blueberries, colonies extended for miles. The first divining rods were said to be made of filbert and used to find veins of ore, treasures and water. Healers used the nuts as a symbol of fertility. Extremely durable and light, the straight, strong whips of a hazel bush were used for arrow shafts by the Native Americans. Rich in protein and fats.
Growing Specifications: Hazelnuts require a very well-drained soil, acidic to neutral range in full sun. 6-8hrs/day.
HEARTNUTSThe Japanese walnut with a thick shell that is easy to crack. Trees are fast growing with huge compound leaves, beautiful and hardy. The trees are long lived with annual production estimated at 1-3 tons per acre. Starts bearing 3-5 years after planting.
Growing Specifications: Well -drained fertile sand and clay loam soils. pH 6 to 7. Plants produce a deep taproot and they are intolerant of root disturbance.
By Karen Ganey