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Chestnuts are the #1 food source for deer!
We often get the question, "What's the difference between a Hybrid Chestnut and a Chinese Chestnut?"
The answer is that they are fairly similar with a few key differences: Chinese chestnuts often take an extra year to produce. Their average age of production is 3-5 yrs instead of 2-5 in Hybrids. Chinese chestnuts are heavy producers and great for deer but Hybrids produce slightly more than Chinese chestnuts. Chinese chestnuts have a more spreading growth form than Hybrids.
Chestnuts have extremely high drawing power for deer. They contain large amounts of carbs that help deer pack on fat stores ahead of winter and provide bucks with the needed energy for the rut.
Chestnuts have several advantages over oaks: Unlike many oaks chestnuts produce every year giving you a consistent food source you can count on year after year. Also unlike oaks, they contain no tannins. This gives them a sweet flavor that deer love. In fact, some studies have shown deer prefer chestnuts by as much as 100:1 over acorns. Deer absolutely love chestnuts and if your goal is to draw and hold deer on your land, you'll love chestnuts too. They simply can't be beat for attracting deer. Chestnuts are also attractive to other wildlife such as turkeys, raccoons, squirrels, and black bears.
Our trees are fast growing and will reach 6-8ft tall by the end of the next growing season under good conditions. They will produce nuts within 3-5 years making them one of the fastest producing wildlife tree plantings available. Mature trees can produce 100lbs of nuts per year, creating a huge food resource that will draw deer for miles around.
Tree Size When Shipped: 12-36 inches tall
Variety: Chinese Chestnuts
Time Till Production: 3-5 years Nut Size: 0.75 - 1.5 inch diameter
Height at Maturity: 60ft+
Nut Production at Maturity Per Year: 50-100lbs/tree (2,000-3,000lbs/acre)
Years Till Maturity: 15
Zone: 4-9 (From Northern Michigan to Central Florida)
pH Range: 4.5-6.5
Time to Plant: Spring or Fall
I have ordered and planted well over 100 trees online from various wildlife tree sellers, including the big name brands, and the trees I just received from Whitetail Hill Chestnuts are the best looking trees I have ever received... EVER! They are easily 2 feet tall and full of big green leaves. They will make a great addition to my deer and turkey hunting property in Oklahoma and I'm sure I will be ordering more!Oklahoma
Ordered three of these to see how they looked. Wish I would of ordered more. They arrived fast and look really good. Will order more next season.Tiffin, Ohio
The trees arrived in good condition and are doing good. I would definitely recommend.Goose Creek, South Carolina
The trees were delivered in great condition, well packaged and very healthy. I hope they grow up fast!Woodville, Wisconsin
I ordered trees from Whitetail Hill they shipped my trees July 12 Priority Mail and were scheduled to arrive Thursday July 15th. When they didn't arrive on the 15th I checked the USPS tracking number that I was provided and USPS just kept telling me each day after that they were scheduled to arrive late. I emailed Whitetail Hill on July 19th and got a prompt response from Caleb H. My question to him was that if my trees did arrive what he thinks they would be alive he said there was a good chance that they wouldn't be and that he would do anything he could to help make the order right.
USPS finally delivered my trees on July 22nd. 7 days late on delivery with the box ripped in half. I open the package expecting to find my dead trees since they'd been in a box for 11 days to my surprise the trees were as green as ever. This just goes to show the quality of trees that these guys grow and send to us. I would highly recommend these guys and have already placed another order for more trees.Mount Vernon, Kentucky