American Chestnut

Castanea dentata

This species is native to eastern North America. However, few mature trees remain in forests after the 1930 introduction of a fungus that caused the chestnut blight. This species can be identified by large, widely-spaced teeth along the margins of the leaves. Roasted chestnuts of this species are still sold as snacks, most often during winter holidays.
Habitat:
Moist uplands.
Growth Habit:
Formerly to 30 m, now typically found only as sprouts from stumps because of chestnut blight.
Bloom Time:
Early summer.
Longevity:
Tree dies when less than 6 m tall due to chestnut blight.
Presence in US:
AL CT DC DE FL GA IA IL IN KY LA MA MD ME MI MO MS NC NH NJ NY OH PA RI SC TN VA VT WI WV
Presence in Canada:
ON