Are there any chestnut trees left in the United States?
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Correspondingly, where do chestnut trees grow in the US?
Huge planted chestnut trees can be found in Sherwood, Oregon, as the Mediterranean climate of the West Coast discourages the fungus, which relies on hot, humid summer weather. American chestnut also thrives as far north as Revelstoke, British Columbia.
Secondly, did any chestnut trees survive the blight? The trees are “technically extinct,” according to The American Chestnut Foundation. The blight that killed them off still lives in the wild and they rarely grow big enough to flower and seed, typically remaining saplings until they die. Farmers were implored to chop down trees with any signs of blight.
Hereof, what does an American chestnut tree look like?
The American chestnut has long canoe shaped leaves with a prominent lance-shaped tip, with a coarse, forward hooked teeth at the edge of the leaf. The leaf is dull or “matte” rather than shiny or waxy in texture.
What has caused the widespread decline of the American chestnut tree?
Chestnut decline, attributed to blight, is caused by an Asian bark fungus (Cryphonectria parasitica), which was unknowingly imported from Asia on infected Chinese Chestnut trees. It particularly devastated trees in the Appalachian region, where up to 25% of the trees were American Chestnuts.