Good and Bad

When posting images of chestnut, we all love great-looking seedlings or trees. They help promote the work of TACF. However, there are also pictures that depict less than ideal images. These are two images, representing the good and the bad. The picture of a dead seedling is the result of drought in northern WV during 2020. The April-planted seedling did not have a root system sufficient to withstand a week of 90+ degree heat and no rain. The second photo depicts a graft done by Dr. Paola Zaninni at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Scionwood was collected in WV and MD this winter and Paola successfully grafted some of the scions for planting in germplasm conservation orchards. We are grateful to Paola for her grafting skills.