Chinese Chestnut species hybridize freely and many excellent hybrids have been produced, like those developed by the Bond Selection Orchards near Mexico, Missouri. These orchards currently produce eight Chinese chestnut varieties.
Grafted seedlings produced using the RPM root production method® offer uniform ripening, early and prolific production and excellent disease resistance. Forrest Keeling grows each of the Bond Orchard Selection Chestnut species in seedling and grafted RPM-produced trees. With proper plant husbandry, in just three to five seasons, these specially produced RPM seedlings start bearing chestnuts--years earlier than traditionally produced trees!
All Forrest Keeling Chinese Chestnut species produce good uniformity in phenotype of both seedling trees and chestnuts, exhibit excellent hybrid vigor and hardiness and have demonstrated pest resistance as well as site tolerance for a wide range of soil types. Forrest Keeling has the following Bond Selection Orchard species available in #3 container and Step 2 (4 X 4) formats: