identify this tree please

crobbins56July 21, 2014

this tree is growing where an old house once stood so could have been planted there by the previous owners .it is just starting to bloom this week ,it is aprox 30 ft tall and the leaves are about 6 inches long with deeply serrated edges .

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smivies

It's a chestnut tree. Probably a Chinese Chestnut...it's the only species commonly that has any real resistance to Chestnut blight. If you get any nuts in the husks, they'll be good eating.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 9:24PM
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lucky_p

Unless there's another one close by (like within 100 ft or so), most of the nuts won't develop/fill - but you'll still get the malevolently spiky burrs.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 10:40PM
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lucky_p

Unless there's another one close by (like within 100 ft or so), most of the nuts won't develop/fill - but you'll still get the malevolently spiky burrs.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 10:41PM
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huggorm

That is quite late blooming, is there enough time to grow those large nuts in the remainder of the zone 5 summer?

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 3:37AM
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smivies

Yes...plenty of time to grow the nuts. Cross pollination is critical though. A lone chestnut won't develop nuts.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 10:04AM
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arbordave (SE MI)

Where is the tree located? Hard to say for sure from the photo, but it might be an American chestnut. What do the chestnut experts out there say?

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 5:54PM
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corkball(4)

Hard to say for sure, but looks very American like. Chinese leaves are shorter, wider and shinier. American twigs also tend to be reddish brown, where chinese are more green.

Could also be a hybrid or possibly European (C. sativa) - I have never seen a sativa in real life ;)

check out: http://www.acf.org/Tree_ID/chinamerover_02.php

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 8:05PM
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crobbins56

thanks everyone for the identification .I have been driving by it for a couple of years and have always wondered what it might be .Even have taken it into garden centers and no one could help .i googled it for further info and think corkball may be right in the american variety as the leaves are long ,slender and pointed .i have never seen any nuts probably due to it being a loner .

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 9:19PM
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corkball(4)

smivies is right. I can see burs forming, but unless there is another chestnut to pollinate them, the burs will have empty, shriveled husks in them. Watch the spiny burs in the fall when the weather starts to cool. They will split open.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 8:45AM
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