American chestnut in Ohio's historic woodlands
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Ohio Woodland Journal. 28(3):16-17, 24-25.
Essentially all mature American chestnut trees in Ohio were killed by the chestnut blight in the 1920s and 1930s. However, chestnut sprouts that emerge from the base of the tree (the belowground "root collar") after the top dies are resistant to the blight while they remain small. Chestnut sprouts, though uncommon, persist in the understory of woodlands in southern and eastern Ohio today.
KeywordsAmerican chestnut; Ohio; forest history; witness trees
Hutchinson, Todd; Dyer, James. 2021. American chestnut in Ohio's historic woodlands. Ohio Woodland Journal. 28(3):16-17, 24-25.