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The American Chestnut Tree Is Reappearing


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The American Chestnut Tree Is Reappearing

The American Chestnut Tree Is Reappearing

New Englanders who hope that the American chestnut tree will once again become part of the landscape can find cause for optimism in Maine.

American chestnuts were once a popular treat, roasted and sold by sidewalk vendors. The trees shaded city streets and were a common timber crop in the woods from Georgia to Maine before they
succumbed to a deadly fungus brought over from Asia in the early 1900s.

Today, Maine has about 200 naturally growing, nut-producing American chestnut trees. Some of these are up to 100 years old, having been spared from the fungus.

Glen Rea of the Maine chapter of the Chestnut Foundation says his group finds naturally growing American chestnut trees that managed to survive. The group then works to get samples of the trees to use in growing new trees.

The Maine chapter also maintains orchards of new
disease-resistant trees. There are seven orchards spread across southern and central Maine, containing a total of about two-thousand of the hybrids.

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Ever eaten chesnuts? puker

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