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Chestnut trees
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Stony Jim    Posted 08-27-2003 at 18:14:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Went out under the BGE tower lines today and found 2 American Chestnut trees with burrs on them. Now I know BGE will not let them grow under the lines. Wondering about moving them- Ground is really stoney, don't know if I could even keep enough dirt on them to move. Also wondering about saving the nuts and trying to plant them. Trees are more like 2 foot high shrubs now.


screaminghollow    Posted 08-27-2003 at 20:34:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a rather big chestnut tree in one fence line. It is about 30 inches in diameter. But it only gives Chestnuts every other year or so. There are two Chiness Chestnuts about 300 yds away, but they are very small, maybe 12 feet high. The top of the big Chestnut had died back two or three times, and huge limbs have fallen out. Two or three guys have come out to see it. The first swore it was an american chestnut. The second guy says it is a hybrid. The third guy who is supposed to know more than the first two, says it's not an American Chestnut, but he don't know what kind it may be, he's never seen one quite like it. The nuts are small, but sweet. I planted some of the nuts up in the woods hoping to get some more to grow.
There is a chestnut experiment grove near here, missed the tour and lectures they gave last year. I've been told that they have a 7/8 pure that seems to be blight resistant. If you can move them fine, if you can get the nuts to plant elsewhere, that may be easier by far.


Les...fortunate    Posted 08-27-2003 at 19:15:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey, Jim, I am very interested in American chestnut trees. The American Chestnut Society is located in Bennington, VT and is dedicated to the restoration of this magnificent tree to something like its former glory. They have a website which should be easy to find on a search. Check it out.
You also might want to contact the utility's ROW department and ask to speak to a forester/arborist. I bet they might be willing to work with you to either move them or to make sure that they don't get cut. I am a utility forester and whenever I see a chestnut in the right of way, I always tell our tree contractors to leave it alone. They usually die anyway and then sprout from the roots. I have never seen one get mature enough to bear nuts.
Good luck. Utilities are always looking for favorable PR opportunities and you might just be giving them one.


BW    Posted 08-27-2003 at 18:54:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like a do-able project to move them at that size , ...2 footers with burrs? have they been cut down once and regrown ? There is a project going where they are developing a disease resistant strain and have offered to the public trees to test/ grow, may have to web hunt it for up date ....
Bill G.


Stony Jim    Posted 08-27-2003 at 19:12:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
BGE usually mows once a year, they didn't last year or the year before. I am thinking you are right- they have been cut. We do have trees in the woods(100 acres) but they get about the size of your arm and the blight gets them.


TB    Posted 08-27-2003 at 19:31:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a few around usually produce nuts a year or two before the blight takes them. If thay are producing nuts the tree may be older than you suspect and more of a root system than you think. Good luck


bob    Posted 08-27-2003 at 18:49:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
The cost will be nothing and power co will kill them so take a chance I have planted bare root trees before but really don,t favor fall planting. as far as the nut make sure it freezes before planting is what i have heard. Might pay to plant tree in a protected spot and where you can water. Moving does a tree good a nuresry man told me good luck bob


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