Just in time for planting season, Theisen’s retail locations throughout Iowa will be receiving shipments of Dunstan Chestnut trees from Chestnut Hill Outdoors, the ideal planting for wildlife orchards. Dunstan chestnut trees are expected to arrive to selected Theisens stores by April 17th.
Dunstan Chestnuts are easy to grow and produce nuts in only three to five years. Because the trees available at Theisen’s are already two or three years old, that means they’ll be producing nuts in just one to three years. For more store locations: Theisens Store Link
Studies have shown that chestnuts, once the most common mast-producing hardwood in the eastern U.S., are nutritionally superior to acorns, containing approximately 40 percent carbohydrates compared to 10 percent for white oak acorns, 10 percent protein compared to only 4 percent for white oak acorns and 2 percent fat, compared to 10 percent in acorns. They grow faster and produce fruit at a much younger age, 2 – 5 five years compared to as much as 20 years for some white oaks. They also grow bigger, potentially reaching 60-80 feet tall and becoming prolific mast producers. They lack the cyclical nature of oaks and flower later in spring, after late frosts that could cause widespread acorn failures. Last but not least, Dunstan Chestnuts are known for their proven blight resistance and superior nut quality.
Chestnut Hill Outdoors, exclusive producers of the Dunstan Chestnut times their shipments to arrive in different plant hardiness zones at the optimal time for spring and fall planting. These trees are extremely popular and will sell out quickly, so be sure to get yours early. For more information, including a list of Theisen’s stores that will be receiving trees and helpful information on planting them visit chestnuthilloutdoors.com or call (855) 386-7826.
Chestnut Hill is the best place for you to purchase your food plot and deer attractant plants because they offer a large selection, their plants are specifically bred to attract deer, and they offer customers different sized plants at different levels of growth.
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