Bark of American Chestnut


Bark smooth and gray when young, yet dark with wide shining ridges when mature. Very few trees reach maturity since the appearance of the Chestnut Blight in the early 1900s. The fungus that causes the Blight enters the tree through furrows in the bark, so it is rare to find a tree with mature bark.

Photograph taken 11/18/02 by Chris Bersbach.

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