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Asiatic and Hybrid Chestnut Trees in the Eastern United States

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After 10 to 25 years, 5 Chinese chestnut accessions (from northeastern China) and 10 Asiatic-American chestnut hybrids--in 4 of 8 plant growth regions in the eastern United States--produced trees of forest-tree form, grew rapidly, and had high resistance to the chestnut blight. Successful plots occurred on well-drained, moist sites in Van Dersal Regions 25 and 27. Less successful plots occurred in Regions 22 and 28. All plots are located between 32° and 41° latitude. Most of the chestnut accessions and hybrids failed, or grew unsatisfactorily in the 5 plots located in northern New York and southern New England--where once the American chestnut thrived. We recommend that forest timber-plots be established with clones of the outstanding Clapper chestnut hybrid, and with clones of the elite Chinese (PI-58602) chestnut, when the vegetative propagation of chestnuts becomes more efficient.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Tree Breeder and plant pathologist (retired) U.S. Dept. Agric.

Publication date: 1969-05-01

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