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The #1 food source for deer and the #1 choice if you're looking to start a chestnut orchard! Whitetail Hill is your source for the best hybrid chestnuts available. Seeds used for our trees come from mature parent trees that have been selectively bred to have the best traits for both wildlife and orchard production.
If we had to recommend just one tree that we think every landowner should consider planting it would be our hybrid chestnuts. Chestnuts provide excellent nutrition, unmatched drawing power, are easy to grow, and are one of the fastest producing trees you can plant with production starting in just 3-5 years.
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.
Our hybrid chestnuts are also the absolute best choice if you're looking to start an orchard. They are fantastic for human consumption and are the same variety grown by most commercial chestnut growers. If you're interested in learning more about starting an orchard see our article here: Growing Chestnuts as a Cash Crop
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 2-5 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.
Orders placed now are for bare root trees. These are trees that are shipped dormant from late fall-early spring. We ship at the optimum time to plant in your region. Click the tab above for more info on ship dates.
All bare root trees are covered by our Survival Guarantee
Tree Size When Shipped: 1yr old approx. 12-36 inches tall
Variety: Castanea dentata X mollissima (This variety is also commonly called dunstan)
Time Till Production: 2-5 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: 4b-9 (From Northern Michigan to Central Florida)
pH Range: 4.5-6.5
Time to Plant: Early Spring or Fall, preferably during dormancy
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