American chestnut burr

I found this chestnut tree alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Pisgah Inn. You occasionally find them growing to this size (about 20-25 feet) and producing nuts. The top had died out of this one, but the rest of the tree appeared to be healthy.


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desainme - Oct 20, 2007 10:22 pm - Voted 10/10

There were 4 billion of these trees

and now it's hard to find one.


BobSmith - Oct 21, 2007 12:28 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: There were 4 billion of these trees

The biggest one in the Smoky Mtns Park, a 75-footer near Cades Cove, has just begun to exhibit the first symptoms of the blight. That's about as big as you see them get before they succumb.

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