Tree Trail

American Chestnut

Castanea dentata

    Notable about this species*

  • The chestnut on the Museum grounds is part of a restoration effort.
  • The nuts of this tree are sweet in taste, and used to be gathered and sold in stores.
  • The tannin content of the soft wood makes it very durable, and thus highly suited for use in making telephone poles, railroad ties, and fence posts.

Map to this tree.

Coordinates: 44.873227, -68.633519

Additional Information


* Source: “Forest Trees of Maine”, Centennial Edition, 1908 to 2008, a publication of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry