Castanea dentata

Common name: American Chestnut

Native plant

Once this majestic monster was one of the most common forest trees in the eastern US with some trees well over 100 feet. Unfortunately, a blight has annihilated its numbers, and now a tree rarely lives to be taller than 40 feet in the wild. Our seed comes from an old farmer who seems to be far enough removed from the blight infection, and his trees are in the 60 feet range and getting bigger. These mature plants are one of the most magnificent things that I have ever seen. This plant is now rare in Illinois, but those remaining in the wild are found in a range of habitats.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Requires Protected Site


Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
50 Feet
Mature width
40 Feet
Max height
75 Feet
Max width
50 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Edible fruit

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