List of Trees 61-90

Spanish Chestnut

Castanea sativa Mill.

Family Fagaceae

 

While this is not the native Chestnut species to the United States, it is widely planted as an ornamental and it closely resembles our native tree (Castanea dentata (Marsh.) Borkh.). Most of the native Chestnut trees were destroyed by a fungus blight beginning in about 1904. Within 50 years, the Chestnut was wiped out. The tree was likely one of the most important in country. Today, several hybrids exist but the most successful are the South American and Asian varieties.

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