Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

American Chestnut
Castanea dentata
Family: Fagaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S1?

Acidic upland soils (Gleason and Cronquist); mesic and xeric forests (Weakley 2011).

Species Description:

Flowering Period: Early June to late July.
Fruiting Period: Early September to late October.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Up to 30 m tall. Fruit a spiney prickly bur with more than one nut and the nuts are flattened on one or more sides. Leaves are glabrous (hairless) beneath and usually more than 15 cm long.

Periodic fire occurred naturally in the sub-xeric forests where chesnut was historically found. It should be considered in any management plans for chestnut forests. Individual trees may be more intensively managed with fungal treatments, creating an open environment for the tree to reduce conditions favorable to fungus infection.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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