American Chestnut tree – 6/24/10
Observer: Paul Lauenstein
Observation Date: 6/24/10
Observation Time: 3:45 p.m.
Observation Location: Beaver Brook near tennis courts
Common Name: American Chestnut Tree
Scientific Name: Castanea dentata
Comments: The term “dentata” in the scientific name refers to the “teeth” around the edges of the leaves. American chestnut trees were decimated by chestnut blight. Remnant root systems continue to send up shoots such as those shown in the photos, but the blight prevents most of these shoots from getting large enough to produce nuts.
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