Introduction - My Family Tree

A photo taken from the foot of a tree looking up, showing an extreme perspective.
  • My family, American chestnut trees, once made up about 25 percent of our eastern North American forests.

  • We grew up to 100 feet tall.

  • We lived up to 600 years.

  • Animals of the forest, including people, depended on our delicious American chestnuts.

  • Our wood was valued because of its straight, light-weight, rot-resistant qualities.

  • People used us to make everything from cradles, to chests to coffins.