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Typical American Chestnut Leaf

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Chestnuts are deciduous trees with short-stemmed, prominently veined, oblong leaves that have course to fine pointed marginal teeth or bristles.
American Chestnut Leaf

American Chestnut Leaf

Steve Nix
In North America, pollen records from the latest interglacial period show that the American chestnut tree, Castanea dentata, was present on Long Island 30,000 to 50,000 years ago. American chestnut trees were once found all along the Appalachian mountain range, from Portland, Maine to northern Georgia.

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