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Re: [nafex] sterile chestnuts

If it has catkins, I wouldn't call it sterile.  Maybe "male".  It
doesn't sound like a star pollinator, though.

Has anyone heard of a female chestnut?

"Lon J. Rombough" wrote:
> I have a good number of chestnuts on my place, all seedlings, with all four
> main species represented in the genes.  However, I have a "Colossal"
> seedling that is apparently sterile.  It is more than 15 years old and has
> been producing catkins (though not many) for at least half that time.  There
> is such a mix of chestnuts in the area I can't believe SOMETHING wouldn't
> pollinate it, but I'm not sure I've even ever seen female flowers on it, let
> alone a single bur or nut.  Knowing the mixed ancestry of the variety, I'm
> not suprised that a seedling of it might be sterile, depending on how the
> genes reassorted, but I was wondering how common such sterile trees are.
> Any information on that out there?
> -Lon Rombough
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