Chandler is our top selling walnut tree variety. It was developed by University of California. In the recent years, Chandler is the most preferred walnut variety for new orchards because of its productivity and excellent nut quality.
- Yield: Chandler is a highly productive variety. It is a lateral bearer with 90 percent of its lateral branches being productive. Therefore it offers very high yields. Chandler walnut tree starts yielding walnuts in the first year that you plant your trees.
- Nut and shell quality: Chandler produces large nuts with thin shell and very light-colored kernels. Thin shell and kernel color are important features in determining walnut selling price. Walnuts that have lighter kernel color sell for higher prices. Its kernels are easy to remove from the shell and easy to crack out into halves.
- Tree size: Chandler grows in a moderately vigorous way and it is semi upright. Chandler walnut tree’s height can reach up to 15 meters. But since they are pruned, they are usually kept at a smaller height. Same goes for the horizontal size. Usually the tree’s branches are pruned to keep it at approximately 5 meters width.
Chandler is suitable for high density planting such as 7 x 5 meters spacing. More details about tree spacing are provided down this page.
- Leafing time (Blooming date): Chandler is a late leafing and blooming variety. This is an advantage, because late leafing varieties are less likely to be affected by frost, walnut blight and codling moth.
- Pollination: Chandler is a self pollinating tree, it can yield walnuts without a pollenizer. But it can give you higher yields when used with a pollenizer. For this reason we highly recommend planting pollenizer trees.
Chandler’s pollenizer is Franquette. In an orchard, 95% of the trees should be Chandler and 5% of the trees should be Franquette.
- Lifespan: Chandler walnut trees are the same with regular English walnut trees in terms of how long they live. Walnut trees can live 100 years or longer.
- When to plant: Chandler can be planted from November until April of next year, depending on your country. Please ask us if you are not sure.