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American Chestnut Leaves | by Distant Hill Gardens
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American Chestnut Leaves

Once an important hardwood timber tree, the American chestnut (Castanea dentata) is highly susceptible to chestnut blight, caused by an Asian bark fungus (Cryphonectria parasitica). The disease was accidentally introduced into North America on imported Asiatic chestnut trees in the early 1900's.


These leaves are growing on a sapling at Distant Hill Gardens that sprouted from the roots of a Chestnut that died at that time. The young tree will grow to about 20 ft in height before blight infection will returns and kill the main trunk. A new sprout will come up to take its place and the 20 year cycle of life and death continues.


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Taken on July 30, 2014