Historial photo by Albert Roth of American chestnut.

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Re: Historial photo by Albert Roth of American chestnut.

Post by Erik Danielsen » Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:55 pm

Looks like it could be legitimate to me. The leaves seem right, and a partially open-grown fusion of a species that gets quite girthy even as a singlestem could certainly attain this size. Looks to be in the ballpark of 100' tall, give or take 30 since we don't know what perspective and lens distortion might be involved. Impressive, and also quite reasonable, less outlandish-looking really than those incredible oaks and elms from that other thread.

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Post by Don » Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:38 pm

Single stem or multi-stem?
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Re: Historial photo by Albert Roth of American chestnut.

Post by Erik Danielsen » Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:22 pm

Hard to say with just the single photo to go on but it looks to me like it could easily be a double, but could also be a single that split low and early. I think it's sometimes easier to judge if you're familiar with how a given species grows in other examples (in interpreting a questionable red oak, say). Unfortunately there aren't enough big chestnuts around to develop that sort of familiarity!

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Re: Historial photo by Albert Roth of American chestnut.

Post by Rand » Wed Jan 20, 2016 11:01 pm

Erik Danielsen wrote:Looks like it could be legitimate to me. The leaves seem right, and a partially open-grown fusion of a species that gets quite girthy even as a singlestem could certainly attain this size. Looks to be in the ballpark of 100' tall, give or take 30 since we don't know what perspective and lens distortion might be involved. Impressive, and also quite reasonable, less outlandish-looking really than those incredible oaks and elms from that other thread.
I'd lean pretty heavily on the 'take' side. The leaves on the lower branches look pretty big, and I'm pretty sure that is the guys' kid standing by the trunk (Though why is he shooting up into it?) Still it looks to be a good 5' dbh or so.

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Re: Historial photo by Albert Roth of American chestnut.

Post by Larry Tucei » Thu Jan 21, 2016 5:16 pm

Awesome Chestnut Photo. Found this link today it has some nice info and photos of some Chestnuts in RI. http://masschestnut.org/beforeBlight.php Larry

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Re: Historial photo by Albert Roth of American chestnut.

Post by dbhguru » Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:31 pm

Larry,

Excellent find. These old photos are a treasure.

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Re: Historial photo by Albert Roth of American chestnut.

Post by Lucas » Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:08 pm


Click on image to see its original size

http://therevivalist.info/win-a-blight- ... tnut-tree/

Claimed as AC.

http://somedarkholler.tumblr.com/post/1 ... appalachia

Some other old pix with some BS
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Re: Historial photo by Albert Roth of American chestnut.

Post by Erik Danielsen » Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:58 am

Looking through the pics at that link... I wonder where on earth that 1000-year-old white oak in west virginia came up with such a thick coating of western conifer bark? Clear evidence of an as-yet-undiscovered ancient trade network between east-coast and west-coast tree communities. Perhaps this white oak sent an old Doug Fir a nice heaping pile of appalachian forest loam in exchange for the bark. The bison probably ran very successful shipping companies.

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Re: Historial photo by Albert Roth of American chestnut.

Post by wisconsitom » Thu Mar 17, 2016 12:30 pm

P
robably one of those Quercus pseudotsugapholias.

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