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American chestnut

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American chestnut (Castanea dentata)
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Robert Mineau)



Origin and description

Chestnut trees are deciduous. The American chestnut almost disappeared in the middle of the last century because of chestnut blight, a fungal disease. Although still present, the disease seems to have lost its virulence.

This tree branches near the ground and forms a rounded crown that can reach 10 m. in height. Foliage is dense, yellow-green above and paler below, turning bronze in autumn.

Common name

American chestnut

Latin name (genus)

Castanea dentata

French common name

Botanical family

  • Fagaceae

Growing conditions

This species grows best in a protected environment and can be planted in groupings or individually to highlight its shape and foliage.


  • Zone 3

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