American chestnut on Brush Mountain bears nuts

American chestnut burrThis past May, we discovered unmistakeable evidence that one of the American chestnut trees on top of Laurel Ridge had borne a crop of nuts the previous autumn. Husks littered the ground around the tree for many feet in all directions.

The tree was about fifteeen feet off the trail, and some 40 feet tall. It seemed to be still in good health, with no large lesions from the blight, but when I checked again this afternoon, its leaves were all brown — except for the four-foot-high sprouts at its base.

Read more in my post at Via Negativa.


About Dave Bonta

I'm the author of several books of poetry, including Ice Mountain: An Elegy, Breakdown: Banjo Poems, and Odes to Tools, but my real work is at my long-running literary blog Via Negativa, where I'm currently creating erasure poems from every entry of the Diary of Samuel Pepys. I'm also the editor and publisher of Moving Poems, a blog showcasing the best poetry videos on the web.

Posted on August 26, 2007, in American chestnut, trees. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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