If you heard on the news that the death rate had doubled, surely it would grab your attention? But the death rate HAS doubled, for trees that is; according to a survey performed, titled the U.S. Geological Survey. The death rate is across the board for many different species and not directly related to fire or pollution. A dying tree releases more carbon than a healthy one absorbs, and although some are denying the effects of global warming, the study concludes that our tree population loss is related to a "widespread ecosystem collapse".
I may not be correct about this particular tree species and would only be too happy to be corrected, as I love to learn. In the photo collage the upper left block is of a chestnut found at my *second source. The other photos were taken by me a few nights ago along the river bank, and I am relying totally on a verbal description I gave my friend for it's identification, but here are some interesting tidbits about the chestnut tree:
- In 1904 the American chestnut tree was wiped out by blight caused by fungal disease and we are trying to recreate a tree similar to our American chestnut by cross breeding.
- The other types of chestnut tree are;
- Japanese, grows to approximately 30 feet high, has an unpleasant tasting nuts, and is being used to propagate other types.
- Dwarf Chestnut which has small yellow flowers, grows only about 15 feet and needs a lot of water to survive.
- Chinese chestnut thrives in hot, dry climates, can grow up 50 feet tall and produces a savory tasting nut. It produces a huge tree which is excellent for shade, but the fruit is not as sweet as the American chestnut.
This post linked to Macro Monday, and Mosaic Monday!! Thank you for visiting me today. Take care, stay healthy (don't make like a tree?) and God bless!