Where do chestnut trees grow in the United States?
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Subsequently, one may also ask, are there chestnut trees in the US?
The American chestnut (Castanea dentata) was one of the most common trees in the area. But the American chestnut is not actually extinct. In fact, there are millions of sprouts that can be found throughout its native range.
Additionally, what happened to the American chestnut trees? Within a few decades, the chestnut blight had killed over 4 billion chestnut trees on more than 200 million acres in eastern North America. The roots of the tree continue to live and send out sprouts, but the tree will never grow tall and majestic like its ancestors.
Similarly, where do chestnut trees grow best?
This majestic tree grew from Maine to Georgia and across the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi River and Great Lakes. In the southern part of its range the American chestnuts could grow 100 feet tall.
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.