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The Allegheny Chinkapin or dwarf chestnut, Castanea pumila, is a small shrub/tree that can grow between 15-30ft tall. The Chinkapin nuts are edible to humans and wildlife, having a sweet flavor. They are not grown commercially, so they're a unique foraging opportunity! They are susceptible to chestnut blight, but more resistant than the American Chestnut. Prefers full sun in well-draining soils. Great wildlife value, and a unique species not typically found at nurseries. 


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  • I agree to plant this tree in Baltimore City on my property/with permission from property owner within two weeks of the giveaway date.
  • I understand that by accepting this tree, I agree to allow TreeBaltimore to map and monitor the health of your tree as part of their tree giveaway survive-ability study.
  • This website is intended to provide general information only. Always seek the advice of a health professional before eating any plant matter. Information provided is not designed to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any illness, or injury. Always consult a health care professional or medical doctor when suffering from any health ailment, disease, illness, or injury, or before attempting any traditional or folk remedies. As with any natural product, they can be toxic if misused.

Allegheny Chinkapin