Looking to buy chestnut tree with fruits for Marron Glace

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  1. tarman61

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    Looking for Candied Chestnut (Marron Glace) or what is called in Turkish kestane sekeri. Locally, in Canada I can't find this tree to buy and have it grow in my backyard. My profile picture is one of the trees I have back in the old country and I love it. This variety is a medium size, easy to peel and very delicious. If anyone has any information about a place in Canada or the states where I can find this variety please leave a comment. Much appreciated. thank you
     
  2. Georgia Strait

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    Somewhere in here, there is a big thread about American chestnut

    I think one of the posting names is Jake

    have a search and you’ll find it circa 2019 I think

    one has to be careful about edible versus toxic chestnut

    Attn other posters: please correct me
     
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    The OP may be looking for a particular cultivar of Castanea sativa. There are many cultivars listed in the Genetic Resources section of the document Inventory of Chestnut Research, Germplasm and References. Within the context of marron, there are a number of references to 'Marron de Lyon' on the web. From the same document, CHESTNUT OR MARRON:
    Apparently it needs a suitable pollinator nearby. In addition, according to philomel at Dave's Garden, PlantFiles: Sweet Chestnut, Spanish Chestnut:
     
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    Thank you so much Junglekeeper! much appreciated.
     
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    @tarman61,
    I presume you are a connoisseur of sweet chestnuts. If so, you may be interested in knowing that ones from Italy are now available at local Safeway stores. The Krown product comes in mesh bags.
     
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    The Burnt Ridge property has what would probably be the National Collection of Castanea cultivars if it was located in the British Isles. However their mail order page says they ship only within the United States - you would probably have to come to Washington and drive your plants back into Canada in order to buy from them (by appointment).

    Chestnut Trees for Sale | Burnt Ridge Nursery | Buy Chestnut Trees Online

    Later: I see Castanea is not even on the Horticulture Plant List which means in effect it is not allowed to be imported from anywhere outside of Canada.

    Horticulture Plant List - Canadian Food Inspection Agency (canada.ca)

    So unless there is a supplier somewhere in Canada you may have to give up on the specific cultivar you want and plant instead one of the many others grown - notice for instance that the current Burnt Ridge offering includes three Marron varieties. With it perhaps being the case that you do not have to secure the same exact kind you had before to get the attributes you enjoy.

    Later still: This nut specialist located in Ontario says that due to blight susceptibility Castanea sativa is now being replaced using artificial crossing with Asian species even in Europe. And that because chestnut blight is present in Ontario also their company cannot ship to British Columbia.

    Products - Chestnut - Grimo Nut Nursery

    With my recommendation being therefore to check with independent garden centers or any nut specialist retailers there may happen to be in B.C. to see if they can supply you with a variety that fits the bill. I think down here some of the independent garden centers present several or more chestnut cultivars at a time - if nothing else they will have to be offering more than one in order to enable customers to address pollination requirements. Of course, these retailers do have the United States wholesale plant production system to draw from.
     
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    that’s interesting — I looked at website because Onalaska is a name one does not forget … as kids we were taken to visit a family in Mossyrock so I was curious

    i notice they sell pecan trees as well

    i associate pecans with drier warmer regions like Texas and Arizona

    i also note they are grafted trees
     
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    Thank you so much Junglekeeper, I have bought some Italian, Chinese, and Turkish. I tried to grow all of them after I tasted them and make sure they peel easily LOL. They are all in pots now and and about 40 cm high. The most successful ones are the Turkish ones. In total, I have about 15 young plants and if anyone is interested to have one please let me know. Thank you all for helping out with this.
     
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    You're welcome. Glad I was of some help. keep in mind that, according to the propagation information at Washington Chestnut Company, some seedlings never produce fruit. In addition, characteristics of seedlings may or may not be similar to that of the parent. Nevertheless it would be interesting to see how they turn out. Good luck.
     
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