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Re: [nafex] sterile chestnuts

I haven't checked the catkins that closely to see if they produce any
pollen.  I've never seen nuts or signs of female flowers.
>From: Ginda Fisher <ginda@concentric.net>
>To: nafex@yahoogroups.com
>Subject: Re: [nafex] sterile chestnuts
>Date: Sat, Apr 14, 2001, 5:34 PM

>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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