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American Chestnut Trees

American chestnut trees accounted for a large portion of forest specimens pre-1900’s.  Once a pathogen was introduced to American chestnut trees due to the importing of Japanese chestnut trees, American chestnut trees began to disappear.  Since the decline of these majestic beauties communities and scientists have teamed up to create organizations to preserve, protect and bring awareness to the amazing American chestnut trees!

Healthy American chestnuts in Lesesne State Park. (Credit Vicky Sawyer)

(Credit Vicky Sawyer)

The Tallest American Chestnut Tree in North America

The tallest American chestnut tree in North America is rooted in Maine and is 115 feet tall.  This amazing discovery prompted members of the American Chestnut Foundation to visit the tree and gather information.  Forest scientist Brian Roth estimated the American chestnut tree to be around a century old after examining the specimen.

Tallest American Chestnut Tree Susan Sharon MPBN

via Susan Sharon MPBN

Scientists have sampled DNA from this tall American chestnut tree to preserve in a living gene bank; information gathered will assist in research to restore the chestnut to its historic range.  Read more about the tallest American chestnut tree in North America via NPR here.

The American Chestnut Foundation

American Chestnut Foundation

Committed to the conservation, protection and expansion of America’s forests since 1990, The American Chestnut Foundation has planted more than 45 million trees!  The American Chestnut Foundation has also replanted forests destroyed by both human action and natural disasters.

 

American Dogwood Tree

The American Dogwood Tree, Cornus Florida

American Dogwood Infographic WTL

The blooming of the American Dogwood tree is a tell-tale sign that spring has arrived.  These trees reach a height of 30 feet at most, and produce white, pink or red bracts with a center of bright yellow flowers.

American Dogwood Tree Westchester Tree Life

Once the heat of summer arrives, these beautiful blossoms give way to light green leaves; during Autumn, the foliage of American Dogwood trees turn a deep red before falling.

Pink American Dogwood Tree WTL

The Benefits of Planting an American Dogwood Tree

  • Visually appealing during all four seasons
  • Full leaves offer shade during the summer
  • A modest-sized tree

American Dogwood Floral Westchester Tree Life

Caring for an American Dogwood Tree

The American Dogwood tree flourishes in partial sun, and prefers nutrient-rich, well-drained soil.

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