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I suspect the answer is no but is anyone aware of a dwarf chestnut varieties besides the chinquapin? Like say a smallish Chinese hybrid variety? I don’t have a lot of room but I’d really like some chestnuts. I have maybe a 40 ft circle to plant them which is pretty tight. Hardly any websites list the size of their chestnut varieties which leads me to believe that they’re all huge. I haven’t seen any grafted on dwarfing rootstock like fruit trees.
 
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A quick googling returned this
 
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Ah yes the korean chestnut. Are they just as good as the chinese/european varieties? Seems like a good option for me
 
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I'm kind of always looking for the same thing.  This Google go-round, I'm seeing lots of references to "Anny's Summer Red" which looks like a European-style chestnut.  The European sellers are saying it will top out at 2-3 meters high, while the American ones suggest 4-6.  I'm tempted!
 
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Interesting.  Searching online for "Anny's summer red" turned up a pdf with some truly monster chestnuts: Interesting new chestnut cultivars  The trees looked mostly huge though
 
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I need one of these. I have a seedling Chinese chestnut about ten years old. It needs a pollinator fast. I’ve had two die.  Anyone know where I can order one?
 
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Oikos Tree Crops carries a hybrid of Chinese chestnut and Allegheny chinquapin / chinkapin that sounds fairly dwarfing. I wish somebody in the Ozarks would try a similar cross with the Ozark chinquapin. I have a half-acre suburbanish lot but still want to grow chestnuts! In the absence of my dream Chinese chestnut x Ozark chinquapin cross, I guess I'll have to give those Korean chestnuts a look.
 
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Have you seen this site? They are working on resistance.

https://ozarkchinquapinmembership.org/
 
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Have you thought about a restrictive pruning regime applied to a standard chestnut?

I have heard that commercial orchards tend to prune to 40-50ft, not sure how general that practice is...but maybe you could get satisfactory performance while keeping it much smaller?
 
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Yes, the folks working on preserving the Ozark chinquapin seem great (though I doubt they'd welcome my idea of crossing it). The Ozark chinquapin is also taller than the Allegheny, so it's possible a cross wouldn't be that dwarfing, anyway.

Pruning is a good thought, too. Worth doing some research to see if anybody has experimented with that.
 
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