You Can't Hug It: But You Can Love A Remnant American Chestnut Tree Found In Ohio
The Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has revealed that an 89-foot tall, 5-foot in circumference, American Chestnut tree stands in a marsh near Lake Erie. With an eagles nest.
The tree produces fruit, but the seeds aren't viable because there isn't another tree to pollinate it, ....
Natural resources director Sean Logan let it slip last week that the tree exists. He said during a meeting of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission that he was going to visit it later that day.
The Dayton Daily News reports that
American chestnut trees once made up about 25 percent of forests in eastern North America.
The trees grew up to 120 feet tall and lived up to 600 years.
Its wood was valuable because it was straight, light and rot-resistant.
A fungus that eventually wiped out most of the trees was first found in 1904 in New York.
All American Chestnut trees in New York City were dead by 1912.
By 1950 about 3.5 billion trees — about 90 percent of the species — were dead.
Via::Coshocton Tribune, "Rare chestnut tree in Ohio no longer a state secret" Image credit: IBID