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Marcos
01-21-2008, 03:34 PM
Call me impatient ! :cry:

It'll be at least another 5-10 years before the "ace-in-the-hole" 15/16 genetically-altered American Chestnuts will become available to nurserymen.

Here is an example of one American Chestnut project going on in eastern Ohio, on an old strip mine, with the cooperation of Ohio University, Miami University, and the American Chestnut Foundation :

http://news.research.ohiou.edu/notebook/index.php?item=358

Hopefully, this cross between the Chinese and American Chestnut will have our grandchildren and great-grandchildren singing Bing Crosby's "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" with some real understanding of what our grandfathers knew, before the blight began to slowly wipe out the American Chestnuts in 1904.

But, in the meantime....
Nursery journals, trade magazines, and the internet is full of information about places to buy other types of 'blight resistant' American Chestnuts.

Including this one...the 'Dunstan' Chestnut.

http://www.chestnuthilltreefarm.com/page7.html

Has anyone out there have any luck with sustaining American Chestnuts from sources like these, over time?