Ode to the American Chestnut

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These non-blight-resistant trees were transplanted 9 years ago. Read more about them in my earlier post.

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4 Responses to “Ode to the American Chestnut”


  1. 1 1you1me60 October 9, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Beautiful chestnut can be seen in the home of Rutherford B. Hayes in Fremont, Ohio.

  2. 2 judysbirds October 9, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    If you want to read about these great trees, read “American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree” by Susan Freinkl. I’ve been fascinated by these trees since I was a kid. While on a scouting hike, a forest ranger showed us several decaying trunks, with the young shoots still trying to send up new growth from the roots. Until a few years ago, there was a 80-year-old or so tree in Maryland. The blight finally got it, though.

    • 3 mthew October 10, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks, Judysbirds! I’ll look that book up. Just to imagine a forest full of these trees, a third of a continent full of them…

  3. 4 judysbirds October 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Check out this photo to see what these beautiful trees looked like:


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