Thread: tree life expectancy

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  1. #41
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    Mar 2008
    Dalton, GA

    Re: RE: tree life expectancy

    Quote Originally Posted by IhateSuburbanSprawl
    Chestnut blight hit hard early enough in the century that I'd be surprised to learn that someone was planting them in the early 1970s . . . unless your grandpa was trying to save the species.
    I think he just went to the nursery and got 2 of everything they had that he wanted. He used to have apples, peaches, cherries, etc, etc.... but most all died long ago. They used to have a big garden too, but they're too old for that now days.

  2. #42
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    Mar 2008
    Dalton, GA

    RE: tree life expectancy

    Magnolia tree in 1973:

    Same tree in 2005:

    Just thought it was neat.

  3. #43
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    May 2007

    RE: tree life expectancy

    That is neat! Nice to see the magnolia grow up so well and still have the same owners. It's like a member of the family.

    The chestnuts look like the leaves might be American but the trunks and limbs look Chinese. Can you compare a leaf on the website I posted?

    What do you experts think of his chestnuts?

  4. #44
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    Mar 2008
    Dalton, GA

    RE: tree life expectancy

    I'm going over there in a little while, so I'll take a camera and grab some leaves to scan n post. I'm not expecting it to be american, but we'll see.

  5. #45
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    Mar 2008
    Dalton, GA

    RE: tree life expectancy

    Looks Chinese to me:

    He said he got them from someone who brought them from west virginia. They always yield lots of nuts.... Big ones! But nobody wants them so he rakes them up n burns them. I told him I'll take this year's batch (if there is any because the other tree died).

    Should I bother with the other pics? Since its Chinese and not American????

  6. #46
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    May 2007

    RE: tree life expectancy

    Yep Chinese for sure Thanks for your trouble and I hope you get your nuts. They are good.

    That's what brought the blight, while the American chestnut had lots of nuts, they were very small. The American was taller and stronger and better for wood products because it wouldn't rot. My grandparents' farm still has chestnut posts standing. But the Chinese were brought over because they had bigger, sweeter nuts. That's what brought the blight and killed most of the 4 billion Americans.

  7. #47
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    Mar 2008
    Dalton, GA

    RE: tree life expectancy

    I see. Well, it was exciting for a time.

  8. #48

    RE: tree life expectancy

    The entirety of the inside of my house is built out of reclaimed American Chestnut (from barns). The main beam running the length of the house that supports the second floor is a single piece of 4"X10" lumber that is around 40 feet long! The studs are all 2"X6" slabs. All of these are incredibly tough. And this is all wood that was harvested over a century ago. The loss of these trees is a tremendous blow to construction as much as to forest health and cuisine.

  9. #49
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    Mar 2008
    Dalton, GA

    Re: RE: tree life expectancy

    I'm really getting the impression Chestnut is valuable wood!

    Any creative uses for this chestnut I'm cutting down besides firewood? I wasn't sure about a saw mill because the wood is almost 90% limb-wood... It all has stress in the wood from being at an angle to gravity (or so I heard). So, I wouldn't think it wood have value where warping is a concern. I can't think of anything else to do with it....

  10. #50
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    May 2007

    RE: tree life expectancy

    What do you mean 'reclaimed?' Was it already dead or did you cut down a newer tree?

    It could be valuable, some wood is more than firewood. About a month ago, I was most saddened to see an old ragged Black Walnut on a road I drive every day- surrounded by old warehouses and grungy auto repair shops- had broken off at its base and fallen over. It was in full flower. I never got a chance to see anyone there before it was gone, but I wanted to tell them walnut wood is valuable, and sometimes furniture companies scout out trees and ask people if they can cut them down for money. That tree will probably just end up in somebody's wood stove.

    In that dreary area of town, there are 2 very beautiful large magnolias like the one Randy posted across from where the walnut fell. They look and smell so pretty and are so out of place in the ugliness of that area. I wonder what the story behind them was, who planted them and how long ago or if they are just chance wild.

    and Randy- please get quirky or treeman to verify my id of chinese, I could be wrong.

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