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Re: [nafex] sterile chestnuts

I need to repeat some things - ALL my chestnuts are seedlings - no grafted
trees.  There are seedlings of Chinese, European, American, and
(presumeably) Japanese heritage, in various combinations.  The sterile tree
is a SEEDLING of Colossal, not the variety itself.  And as I say, the tree
in question is very shy about producing anything - it has about 5% or less
of the number of catkins that the productive trees have.
>From: "Gordon Nofs" <gc_nofs@hotmail.com>
>To: nafex@yahoogroups.com
>Subject: Re: [nafex] sterile chestnuts
>Date: Sun, Apr 15, 2001, 8:18 AM

>  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 
>      Gordon
>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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