American Chestnut tree – 4/19/15
Observer: Paul Lauenstein
Observation Date: 4/19/15
Observation Time: 2:35 p.m.
Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary
Common Name: American Chestnut
Scientific Name: Castanea dentata
Comments: American chestnut was once very common in New England, but it has been practically wiped out by the chestnut blight, a pathogenic fungus. The fungus does not kill the roots, which continue to send up shoots for years. However, the fungus usually prevents the shoots from maturing into nut-bearing trees.
More Information: Wikipedia
This chestnut tree in the woods at Moose Hill has managed to survive despite being partially girdled by the blight. It has actually grown large enough to produce nuts.
Chestnuts on the ground:
This photo taken 8/6/10 shows what American Chestnut leaves look like: