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Re: [nafex] sterile chestnuts

  Do you have a Nevada chestnut? It is the supposedly the one that will 
pollinate it. From the people I know that grow that variety here in 
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 surprised 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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