Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 12 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow 1-2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Ash's Chinquapin or Ashe Chinkapin (Castanea pumila var. ashei) catches attention for producing the largest nut of all Chinquapins, which can reach up to 1" in diameter. Resilient and adaptable, this small multi-stemmed tree or large shrub thrives best in well-drained soils, with full sun or partial shade. It grows to a mature size of 25 ft high and 20 ft wide, adorned with glossy, dark green summer foliage that transitions into brilliant golden hues during the fall. This plant promises an impressive crop of delicious native nuts by mid-September, much appreciated by the wildlife. Rich in flavor, Ash's Chinquapin's nuts are notably superior to sweet chestnuts, enhancing their taste further when baked. Their floury texture makes them an excellent substitute for potatoes or cereals, while the infusion of their leaves was traditionally used by Native Americans as a remedy for headaches and fevers. Suited to dry, sandy and rocky uplands and ridges, you can also identify this plant as Allegheny chinkapin, American chinkapin or dwarf chestnut, which is a direct relative of the American chestnut with enhanced blight resistance. Appreciate the unmatched flavor and potential health benefits of this versatile plant, widely sold in local markets across America.