Have your Buck IV hybrids (nuts off Buck III/IV trees) begun to bear chestnuts yet Matt? If so, have you noticed any later dropping characteristics?I lucked out and was able to get some nuts from a friend of a friend (told them I wouldn't disclose who I got them from). I received about 30 nuts and was able to get about 15 trees out of it. I have 5 at my house and the rest out at the farm. Several have died because I couldn't keep them watered out in the field. However the ones in my yard are doing pretty good and this is where I noticed the catkins. My hope is that these trees will carry the late dropping gene even though they are not true Buck IVs but are crosses between the Buck IV parent trees and whatever fertilized them. Could have been another Buck IV or possibly even Buck III or Buck IIs that were also in the area. I will know in a few more years if they are late droppers or not. My feeling is that they will be but only time will tell. More then likely there will be a mix of late droppers and some that drop earlier and you won't be able to tell what is what until after you've already got them established in the field. The Buck line of trees are also protected by patents and we have to be careful of what we call these and represent them as being.
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