Fruit of American Chestnut

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White flowers appear in catkins* 6 to 8 inches (15-20 centimeters) long, June through August and produce spiny, green husks in early fall. Each husk contains 2 or 3 dark, smooth, shiny nuts with 1 or 2 flattened sides. Because of the Chestnut Blight, it is difficult to find a tree that has reached the point of fruiting.

Drawing by Lisa Leombruni.


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