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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Caring for an American Dogwood Tree
The American Dogwood tree flourishes in partial sun, and prefers nutrient-rich, well-drained soil.