Report A Live Tree

To Send Us a Leaf and Twig Sample:

  1. If you believe you have an American chestnut tree, send us a freshly-cut 4-6 inch twig with mature leaves attached. A scientist will analyze the sample for microscopic features which provide evidence for its lineage. (For example, Chinese and American leaves have different kinds of hairs on the underside of the leaf).
  2. Press leaves between cardboard or in a heavy book (phone books work well) to flatten and prevent curling or crushing as it dries.  Crushed or bent leaves are much harder to analyze, as are leaves that are not freshly collected.
  3. To prevent mold, do not put the sample into a plastic bag.  Instead, put the pressed sample between layers of paper towel and send in a cardboard box, or something sturdy enough to protect the leaves. Send it with a Tree Identification Form so that we can identify it for the database.
  4. Please be sure to include a note with your name, return address and email address (if you have one), so we can keep track of your sample and send you results. Results can take up to 3 – 6 weeks, depending where they are analyzed. You will get your results by mail or email.

Download and Print Tree Identification Form

The VA TACF Tree Data Form has been adapted from the Pennsylvania Data Form to collect pertinent data on American chestnut trees growing in the wild and in orchards.

Send the form with the sample to:
Virginia Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation
P.O. Box 158
Marshall, VA 20116

Links to Chestnut Tree Identification Resources