LAST UPDATED: May 1st, 2015
Realtree Nursery Food Plot Trees are now available at select Wal-Mart stores throughout the country. You can find Dunstan Chestnuts™, Sawtooth Oaks, American Persimmons and Native Crabapples in Wal-Marts in Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois.
Two-year-old, 3-gallon-sized trees will be available in the Wal-Mart Garden Centers for the retail price of $24.95. Look for the Realtree Nursery tags and pot wraps.
Dunstan Chestnuts are the most widely planted chestnuts in America. These blight-resistant trees have produced the best quality nuts by commercial orchardists all over the U.S. for the past 30 years. They bear in only two to four years and produce more high quality nutrition per acre than any oak species or hybrid. In fact, one tree will bear 10 to 20 lbs of nuts by the time it is 10 years old, before most oaks even start to bear. The sweet-tasting nuts are high in carbohydrates and protein, and have no bitter-tasting tannin like oaks, which make them irresistible to deer. They are the best food plot tree, period.
The Sawtooth Oak is a rapid-growing tree that is native to China. It begins to bear in four to six years and its very productive acorn crop is excellent for deer and wildlife. It bears up to 100 lbs/tree at maturity. It has been widely planted because of its prolific and early bearing for an oak tree. The Sawtooth Oak is adapted to a variety of soil conditions.
American Persimmon is a great deer and wildlife attractant. Deer actively seek out persimmon trees and eat every fruit that is within reach or when it hits the ground. The fruit has a rich, nutty, amaretto flavor, but is astringent until completely ripe. Its black corrugated bark looks like alligator hide and its foliage is orange-red in the fall. The American Persimmon grows in a wide variety of conditions, from wet to sandy soils, lowlands to uplands. Trees are either male or female, so you should plant 3-10 trees in a block, to insure pollination.
The Native Crabapple is a small tree with beautiful pink apple blossoms in the spring and small red-green crabapples that are a favorite food for deer and wildlife in the fall. It also produces colorful fall foliage.