Chestnut rescue -- 002

Chestnut rescue -- 002

Chestnut leaves, burrs and nuts

Mature chestnut trees often grew straight and branch-free for 50 feet and could grow up to 100 feet tall with a trunk diameter of 14 feet at a few feet above ground level. For three centuries many barns and homes near the Appalachian Mountains were made from American chestnut and the trees provided untold tons of food for wildlife and humans.

Image: Courtesy The American Chestnut Foundation