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medlarman

medlarman
Fairfax, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 14, 2012
8:05 PM

Post #9241841

Does anyone have any suggestions for nut trees/bushes for ultra-humid Northern Virginia? Preferably a good keeper.

Chestnuts seem to be the go-to for our region, but have been vetoed by my father (who can smell the flowers from blocks away) and my wife (who has visions of children being impaled by the spiny burrs).

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 20, 2012
8:53 AM

Post #9247571

hope someone chimes in for you, I'm no help since I live in NJ
but search on Sooner suggests Pecan http://www.soonerplantfarm.com/index.cfm?CFID=8e998fdb-2953-4bc7-a5b9-05a93ea7d729&CFTOKEN=0&jsessionid=51B9282CE29780C3609FD432DDA44A79.railo-01&fuseaction=plants.plantDetail&plant_ID=1518
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 20, 2012
9:06 AM

Post #9247593

I know Darius has been experimenting with nut trees and she is in VA. Maybe Dmail her?

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 20, 2012
5:04 PM

Post #9248194

I thnk Pecan can do, and there is a hybrid Hickory Pecan called Hican (or something) I think its in the Miller nursery catalog (no relation LOL) MMm, and hazelnuts, I thunk thee are bush hazelnuts that are pretty hardy.

medlarman

medlarman
Fairfax, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 27, 2012
8:29 PM

Post #9256455

Thanks for the suggestions! I'm currently inclined towards pecans.

medlarman

medlarman
Fairfax, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 27, 2012
8:43 PM

Post #9256468

It looks like Darius wrote an article on nuts here:

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1222/

.. and now I'm intrigued by hazelnuts, too.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

August 27, 2012
8:52 PM

Post #9256488

Friends of ours who live just across the Potomac in VA grow hazelnuts,and I keep saying I need to put in a couple of bushes... They seem to do well here. We do have 2 young pecan trees in back that should start producing in earnest in a couple more years, but they have a few nuts this year -- hooray! I think nut trees are slower in bearing "real" crops than fruit trees... we've had these in for 8 years, I think, maybe 9.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 28, 2012
5:26 PM

Post #9257554

Thanks for linking the article. I could grow a Pistachio!

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