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The vast majority of our trees will ship with a 5/8” trunk diameter, however size may vary slightly based on availability during the season. If they vary, most are larger (3/4” or 1”), and rarely some are smaller (1/2”).
Trees Begin Shipping in Late December!
Our trees ship on a first-come, first-served basis as soon as they come into stock in late December. If you are unable to plant your trees right away, read our instructions on heeling in your trees.
- Zones: 5-9
- Chill hours: 400-500
- Harvest: September 15 - October 10
- Looks: Soft shell.
- Personality: Sweet, flavorful nuts.
- Facts of note: High quality medium to large nuts fall easily from hull; large, long-lived spreading tree. Thought to be an Asian/ European chestnut hybrid.
- Pollination: Pollenized by 'Nevada' Chestnut. One 'Nevada' tree can pollenize 8-10 'Colossal' trees.
Large and starchy with a distinctly smooth flavor. Boil, bake, or roast them on an open fire. The tree itself is deciduous, with large, serrated leaves; grey bark; and a grand, stately appearance. The nut comes in an interesting, spiky hull. Grafted onto standard rootstock, unpruned the trees can reach 40-60 feet when mature, however, the optimum size is to keep the trees pruned to 15-20 feet. Trees are 2 years old, and should begin to fruit in their 5th-7th year.
Please Note: Although most of our bare-root trees arrive to our warehouse in mid-December, there are a few varieties that will not arrive until mid-January. If you order any of those varieties along with varieties that arrive in mid-December, your order will be delayed for shipment until mid-January. If you'd like us to split your shipments, please contact us at (888) 784-1722 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional shipping charges will apply.
Cannot ship to the following states: HI, AK, PR, GU, VI
Bare Root Trees - Ship 4 or More Trees for FREE!
We ship our bare root trees on a first-come, first-served basis beginning in mid-December. We are unable to delay shipping due to many factors, most importantly limited storage and our warm California climate which causes bare root trees to break dormancy much sooner than in colder areas (bare root trees must be dormant to best survive shipping). If you are unable to plant your tree(s) right away, read our instructions on heeling in trees. All of our bare root trees come with free professional pruning, which will put the tree's stored energy first into root growth rather than leaf production. Our bare root trees ship in special boxes with their roots bagged in moist sawdust to help ensure their survival during transit. Up to 8 trees can fit in a box (due to their size, nut and multi-graft trees count as 2). If you are ordering 3 trees or less–East of the Rockies each box ships for $25.00 via FedEx Ground (or FedEx Home Delivery). If you live West of the Rockies each box ships for $20.00 via FedEx Ground (or FedEx Home Delivery). Bare root trees cannot ship via USPS, and cannot be shipped to P.O. boxes. We are unable to ship our bare root trees to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. Bare root trees cannot be combined with potted trees or with most other products.
Cannot ship via USPS.
Cannot ship via SmartPost.
Cannot be combined with other items in a package, due either to its size or manufacturer packaging.
Shipping Weight: 10.0 lb
Dimensions: 55.5"L x 7.3"W x 2.75"H
Limited Guarantee for Dormant Trees & Plants (When Planted in the Ground by April 1st)
Claim Deadline is June 1st (with the exception of persimmon trees, which have a deadline of June 15th)! Claims placed after June 1st (or June 15th for persimmon trees) will be denied.
What We Guarantee
Our only guarantee is that your dormant tree/plant will arrive in good, viable condition and will leaf out by May 15th (historically 98% of our trees do). This guarantee is only available to customers who purchased their tree/plant directly from us, and who planted their tree/plant in the ground by April 1st (or temporarily in a pot if the ground in their zone was still frozen solid).
What We Cannot Guarantee
We cannot guarantee that your tree/plant remains alive & healthy, or bears fruit, as there are too many variables beyond our control in order to do so (i.e. soil preparation, planting, fertilization, weed & pest control, adequate irrigation and/or drainage, chill hours, compatible hardiness for your zone, proper choice of pollinator, etc).
How to Request a Credit
If your tree/plant does not leaf out by May 15th, please perform a scratch test by checking for green under the bark, a few inches over the graft. If the scratch test reveals a brown cambium, that means your tree/plant is dead or dying. Watch our video titled Bare Root (Dormant) Warranty on how to perform this simple test. If the scratch test revealed that your plant is dead or dying, pull it from the ground and take pictures of the entire tree/plant, including the roots. Submit your claim & pictures by using the Return an Item tool on our Customer Service page (or email us at email@example.com) no later than June 1st (or June 15th for persimmon trees). We will review your claim and issue you a credit (not a refund) for the purchase price of your tree/plant (excluding shipping).*
(*) We reserve the right to not issue credit for items already replaced. We also reserve the right to require photographic evidence that the tree/plant was not killed by root rot, rodent or mechanical damage.