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The Wagner Chestnut

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:44 pm
by ElijahW
NTS,

I had the opportunity yesterday to join Allen Nichols, president of the NY chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation, in measuring a mature American Chestnut tree on property belonging to Barry & Patricia Wagner in the town of Stamford, NY (Delaware County). The Wagners were very welcoming and I really enjoyed the visit. Below are a couple of photos of the Wagners and Mr. Nichols with the tree:
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Verifying the tree's ID
Verifying the tree's ID
While the Wagner Chestnut fell a few points short of the current NY champion, it is now the largest-girthed living example known of its species in our state. The tree's measurements are as follows: Height: 59.3'; Circumference at 4.5': 72"; Average crown spread: 36'. Total AF Champion points: 140.

The most exciting aspect of this tree is that it is producing fertile nuts, and at an impressive volume. Barry was able to collect several hundred this season, some of which hopefully will eventually become mature and produce offspring of their own before succumbing to the inevitable effects of the blight.

I'd like to thank Barry & Patricia for their hospitality and Allen for inviting me on this trip. It was a real delight.

Elijah

Re: The Wagner Chestnut

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:00 pm
by Erik Danielsen
What a nice Chestnut! Interesting to see the structure of their crowns when they have room to spread out, it feels like something between red oak and white ash. In forest-grown specimens they usually don't get much of a chance to develop that. Is the trunk showing any sign of blight?

Re: The Wagner Chestnut

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:53 pm
by ElijahW
Erik,

This tree was in the woods until it was cleared to make room for the garage a few years ago. The branching pattern reflects that change in sunlight availability. I didn’t see any obvious signs of the blight on the trunk (no cankers), but the crown may have had some dead branches. Allen has looked over the tree much more closely than I, and has much more experience with blighted trees, and he seemed to think it was in good health.

In terms of crown structure, I agree with your comparisons. The curve of Basswood limbs also comes to mind.

Elijah

Re: The Wagner Chestnut

Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:25 pm
by Larry Tucei
Elijah- A nice Chestnut something that you don't see much. I have only seen one in northern Wisconsin back in 09 I think it was. I'll see about finding that post.
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The Chestnut in Bayfield Wisconsin. CBH-12' 7", Height-48' and Spread-52' x 30' Larry