4 – Chinese Chestnut
4 – Serviceberry
4 – American Persimmon
Wholesale prices on this would be around $135+ with shipping & tax, retail around $240+
This package was picked out by my fantastic friends and customers. You guys asked for something perfect for a food forest system, and this should do the trick. I have a mix of low maintenance trees and shrubs perfect for both overstory, mid and understory niches. The Chestnut and Persimmon do a great job supplementing livestock feed, or feeding your family. While the Serviceberry will feed wildlife (deer garden), or put a smile on kids from 1 to 93. This package is best grown in a fantastic wide range of zones 4-8.
Chinese Chestnut – Castanea mollissima
The Chinese chestnut, it produces a sweet and large nut that makes for great snacking on a cold winter day. A large tree that can reach heights of 40′-60′ tall and wide. Normally it is much smaller at around a 20′-25′ height and width. Slow to medium growth like all nuts tend to be but produces for decades on end. This is a highly blight resistant tree that should be planted in pairs or groups to ensure pollination. Nuts usually begin dropping around 5-6 years. Again, if you are looking for a food source that will reliably produce calories on your land with little to no maintenance and effort, nut trees are where it’s at! You will have to contend with all kinds of wildlife for these tasty nuts because everyone wants them. Bare root seedling 1′-2′.
Serviceberry – Amelanchier canadensis
Also known as Shadbush Serviceberry, Junebery, Currant-Tree, and Sugarplum. A great addition to any homestead or small farm. It’s a hardy plant that grows wild through much of it’s range so you know it is highly disease and insect resistant. You’ll have to fight the birds for these treats! Can grow quite large with a height up to 30′ tall and a spread of up to 20′. White blooms in spring give way to fruit very similar to blueberries that are about 1/3″ in diameter. In fall the leaves put on a great show with a range of colors from pinkish orange through the orange spectrum into red. Fruits are used in jams, jellies and pies. Delicious! Bare root seedlings 6″-12″.
American Persimmon – Diospyros virginiana
American Persimmon has an absolutely stunning flavor that is rich, deep, sweet and complex. A perfectly ripe persimmon can have a taste like caramel with hints of tangerine and heavy cream with a texture like rich custard. Ripens around Thanksgiving and in cold years, the trees are known to hold their fruit deep into the winter. Very hardy tree, adapts to a broad range of soils and conditions, can tolerate a lot of pressure from weeds and browse, drought and flood tolerant. There are both males and females (unknown when 1st and 2nd year seedlings), so you need at least a few trees to be guaranteed fruit. Bare root seedling 6″-12″.