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chrisstef

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#1 posted 05-29-2012 04:39 PM

Well its probably not an American Chestnut tree, i believe that there are on 12 remaining amercian chestnuts in north america. You might have some sort of hybrid chestnut, but if it is indeed and american chestnut … wow that would be amazing.

American chestnut was very abundant in early amerciana, prior to 1910 or so, then the chestnut blight was introduced to this conuntry and it wiped out almost every last one. You can still plant them but they will only grow to about 6”-8” in diameter before the blight gets em. Chestnut was used for framing lumber and is fairly similar to oak in looks. Reclaimed chestnut goes for a good sum of money, $12/ft -ish.

Id urge you to do some more investigation on the tree you have in your yard. With a few pics some of the folks around here could probably identify the tree.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty


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