September 2, 2004
A fruiting chestnut tree was discovered at SVT's Hop Brook Natural Area in Framingham (located across the street from Howe's Field). The great American Chestnut was eliminated from our landscape in the early 1900s by the chestnut blight. This tree appears to be a hybrid of an American Chestnut and a Chinese Chestnut. Chinese chesnuts were often planted after the blight. We have sent off a sample from this tree to the American Chestnut Foundation for them to identify which variety it is. You can find more information on bringing these wonderful trees back to our landscape at the American Chestnut Foundation's website: www.acf.org. You can also see an American Chestnut breeding operation at our Upper Mill Brook Reservation in Wayland.
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