Friday, July 15, 2011



Unicorn One has been pollinated! See the paper bags? There are 11 of them that I could see.

The nuts under these bags will be collected when ripe, and used to grow the next generation of Restoration Chestnuts. There are somewhere between 11 and 44 pollinated female blossoms in there, each blossom could make up to three nuts. So that's as many as 132 future trees here!

These nuts are developing higher on the tree. I don't know if these nuts are viable for growing new trees.

This is the American chestnut tree growing next to the Upper Charles Trail in Milford, MA. It turns out the Friends of the Trail group had already spotted the tree, but I guess they didn't know to pass the info along to the American Chestnut Foundation.

I feel like I have done something deeply good for humanity and the environment. :) Someday the wilderness will be full of these trees again, and I have now played a small part.


Cally said...

Wow, this is fabulous! Well done, you have indeed done a great thing, especially for future generations.

Flowering Trees Tennessee said...

WOW! This is fabulous! You have indeed done a great thing, especially for future generations..
Thanks for sharing..

Michelle said...

Thanks guys!

pansygrrl said...

Yay chestnuts! Happy to find another relatively local 'nut.' Are you in touch with the MA/RI Chestnut people? I'm growing 11 american seedlings in my driveway. Looking forward to reading more!

Michelle said...

Yes I am, Pansygrrl. Nice to meet you! I would love to hear more about what you are up to with those seedlings! Are you keeping a blog on that, by chance?

UrsulaV said...

That is so fantastic! You rock!