Benton Harbor

‘Benton Harbor’ (C. mollissima) is a seedling selection from the Michigan State University experiment station in Benton Harbor, MI. Its mother is described as the largest tree at the station. ‘Benton Harbor’ yields are high and stable, from 70 to 90 lb in Michigan, and it produces earlier than most C. mollissima selections. Its dark red and purple nuts lack double embryos and splits, peel well, and have an average taste. Nuts can drop within the heavy, thick burs. Field observations note blight resistance (Fulbright, 2021). ‘Benton Harbor’ has performed poorly at the UMCA repository.