Originally Posted by clr8ter
Cool!! To whom do you sell a huge 50 YO Christmas tree? And how did your chestnut trees avoid the blight that pretty much erased them from the landscape around here?
The Christmas trees are not that big as they get cut every 7 or so years and we culture a new tree up from the branches left on the stump. The stump itself is 50 years old. It is similar to coppicing if you know what that is. We call it stump culture, it is a method our family developed over the years and it shortens the turnover time by almost half. We do have some monster trees that people buy, the largest we have sold was 45 feet tall. There are some customers (a couple of homeowners and some businesses) who come every year for 20 to 30 foot tall trees so we keep enough in stock to satisfy those customers.
The chestnut blight did not get out here to CA, at least not like it went through the east coast. Since the chestnut was introduced to the west coast the trees are isolated from one another, so our orchard has never been exposed to the blight due to that isolation.