Chestnut Trees

back before the 1800s, the chestnut tree was king of the eastern forests, numbering an estimated seven or eight billion. diseases from imported foreign chestnuts reduced that number and a blight in the early 1900s almost finished them off.

i was reading this morning about attempts to bring them back (for example, https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2019/04/29/what-it-takes-bring-back-near-mythical-american-chestnut-trees.

This made me smile.

for The Weekly Smile

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4 Responses

  1. When I was kid, we had an American Chestnut in our yard, but it got the blight and died. I grew up on the extreme western edge of the range, so it must have been one of the last holdouts… Cool they are bringing them back.

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  3. I’m glad they are bringing them back too. There was a novel written that centered around someone working on the chestnut trees, trying to save them. Wish I could remember who wrote it. Might be Barbara Kingsolver…not sure though. I’m glad they’re trying to bring them back too.

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