Castanea pumila


Allegheny Chinkapin, Allegheny Chinquapin, Chinkapin, Chinquapin, Dwarf Chestnut

Recalcitrant seeds need refrigeration. Since shipping times are out of our control, we are not liable for seed condition upon arrival.
  • Castanea pumila var. pumila

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Growing Info

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

Introducing the Castanea pumila var. pumila Allegheny Chinkapin, also known as Allegheny Chinquapin or Dwarf Chestnut. This spreading shrub or small tree is a native species of chestnut in the eastern United States. The plant thrives on well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade. It can grow up to 8 meters in height and produces small seeds that are raw or cooked and have a sweet nutty flavor. When baked, the seeds become even sweeter with a floury texture that makes an excellent potato or cereal substitute. Native Americans also used the leaves to relieve headaches and fevers. If you're a fan of the sweet chestnuts (C. sativa), you'll love the superior flavor of the Allegheny Chinkapin. Find out more about this versatile and delicious plant on http://plants.usda.gov.

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