Did You Locate an American Chestnut Tree?

We are constantly on the lookout for American chestnut trees in the wild.  When located, we interbreed them with other surviving American chestnut trees and hybrid chestnuts as a part of our long-term program to re-establish healthy American chestnuts to Virginia’s forests.  If you believe you have identified an American chestnut tree, you can give us valuable help by providing as much of the information requested below as possible.

Chestnut Tree Location Form

Please fill out the form below with as much information as you have about the tree.  We will use the information you provide to determine the species of the tree and whether it can be used as a part of Virginia’s cross-breeding program.  The information you provide will be invaluable to our efforts.

Leaf and Twig Sample

If possible, it will be extremely helpful to us if you can provide us with a leaf and twig sample from the tree.  To provide a leaf and twig sample, cut a mature leaf that has been growing in the
full sun and a twig with some leaf buds and place them in an envelope. Do not wrap the sample in plastic due to the possibility of molding.  Instead, wrap the samples in a single paper towel to cushion them in the mail.

Send or bring the sample to

VATACF
P.O. Box 158
Marshall, VA 20116

If you have questions, contact us at 540-364-1922 or vachestnut@verizon.com.

Virginia Tree Location Form

Location of suspected American chestnut tree.
  • County in which tree is located
  • City or town where tree is located (mailing address)
  • State
  • The closer you can get us to a tree with your directions, the better. Lat/Long measures are the best way to give us good location info. A great program to use for obtaining location information is Google Earth (http://earth.google.com/) or, you can try a website called TopoZone (http://www.topozone.com). If you can’t obtain Lat/Long measurements, then please attach a map and directions to the tree from the nearest road.
  • The closer you can get us to a tree with your directions, the better. Lat/Long measures are the best way to give us good location info. If you can’t obtain Lat/Long measurements, then please attach a map and directions to the tree from the nearest road.
  • The diameter (in inches) at 4 1/2 feet from the ground level.
  • Height of the tree in feet.
  • Is it a single tree or multiple trees?
  • Are there chestnut burs present?
  • Are there catkins (white blossoms) present?
  • What are the surroundings of the tree?
  • Does the tree display any blight conditions?
  • Can the tree be reached with a large truck?
  • Comments about the tree, its location and condition or information.
  • Name of property owner (if known).
  • Mailing address of property owner (if known).
  • Property owner's city (if known).
  • Property owner's state (if known).
  • Property owner's zip code (if known)
  • Property owner's phone (if known).
  • Property owner's email address (if known).
  • Are there restrictions on viewing the tree?
  • Your name.
  • Your address.
  • Your city name (mailing address).
  • Your state.
  • Your zip code.
  • Your phone number.
  • Your email address.
  • Name of tree.
  • Classification of tree after inspection (for Admin use only)
  • Enter the tree grade and type information, along with spp., here. If hybrid tree, what was found?
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.