We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The majestic American Chestnut, like the Elm, died off to various blights in the past century. You can still see the slowly decaying rust-colored Chestnut carcasses on woodland hikes.
The Chestnut was one of the basic trees of the northern USA climax forest, along with oak, beech, maple, walnut. Lots of good eats for wildlife.
When you buy those delicious roasted chestnuts on NYC streets, they are imported European chestnuts. A different, but related, species. I have planted a few Asian Chestnut hybrids, but man do they grow slowly. As they say, the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.
A handful of American Chestnuts have escaped the blight thus far. In Cape Cod.
I have been messing around with he Dunstun chestnuts for about 20 years. The first ones were on ground that I sold 15 years ago and the new owner pushed them out after I got some seed nuts to start new trees. Dunstuns are better than Chinese; large better flavored nuts, no blight, fast growers. Dunstuns are not as sweet as th e old American but are better than grocery store nuts. I have about 100 trees ranging from 1 to 15 years old.
I'm pretty sure we have a Chestnut tree just down the road from me in WNC. Next fall I'll take photos to confirm. Here's a tree we have in our back yard. We've decided it's an American Hornbeam. Can anybody confirm?