The Connecticut Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is hoping to find five to ten "Mother Trees" to pollinate each year.
The lifespan of each blooming American Chestnut tree is brief, sometimes only a year from discovery, but each flowering tree can contribute valuable genetic diversity to the effort to breed a blight-resistant tree, incorporating the Chinese chestnut resistance genes.
Our volunteer-run orchards contain seedlings growing from these nuts for the next steps in chestnut restoration.
These female flowers are ready to pollinate. Can you find a flowering or large American chestnut tree in Connecticut this year?
The Connecticut Chapter of TACF is dedicated to restoring the keystone forest tree of the eastern United States, by locating blooming remaining American chestnut trees in Connecticut and by breeding blight-resistant trees from Connecticut Mother Trees.