OZARK CHINQUAPIN FOUNDATION

"Ozark Chinquapin seedling with different levels of resistence ready to be planted in research test plots this year."

 

#1 The former Arkansas national champion Ozark Chinquapin tree in 1993 before the tornado blew it over. Resistance to the chestnut blight allowed it to grow to this size.

#2 A close-up of the former National Champion Ozark Chinquapin Tree before the tornado.

 

#3 The same tree in 2006 with Bob on the left and Bill on the right.

#4 Jack standing beside his Mississippi State champion tree he found that also has some resistance to the blight.

#5 Jack again with his Mississippi State Champion tree.

#7 A +12 inch tree growing in Southern Missouri with some resistance to the blight.

#8 Carl standing in front of this young tree with resistance to the blight. He found the tree while turkey hunting near his cabin in Northern Arkansas. This tree was growing in a forest of blight infected sprouts.

How many other resistant trees like this one are there in our forest?

#9 Bill standing next to another Ozark Chinquapin on his property in Arkansas that has a 7-8 inch diameter and has resistance to the blight.

#10 Me standing next to a stump with sprouts that was burned by a hot fire. The dead wood of blighted sprouts produce fuel in close proximity to the living sprouts. Ozark Chinquapin trees are a fire tolerant species, but here it does not look good for the surviving stump sprouts.

#11 A 2 year old Ozark Chinquapin from Mississippi, growing in my yard, courtesy of Jack.

#12 This seedling is a descendant of a large Ozark Chinquapin in Louisiana, courtesy of Larry from Southern Arkansas.

#13 A young Ozark Chinquapin seedling from the former National Champion tree in Arkansas given to me by Larry.

#14 Larry found this incredible large Ozark Chinquapin tree that died of the blight in Louisiana. He said the owners trimmed the limbs up and allowed the blight to enter and kill the tree. Note the sprouts coming up from the base of the tree.

#15 A close-up of the 6 feet 2 inch circumference.

#16 Larry found this tree in North Louisiana.

#17 Close-Up of the bark of a Ozark Chinquapin being measured.

#18 Mr. Williams in southern Missouri continues to mow around the stump sprouts on this Ozark Chinquapin within his property. He remembers when they were an important forest tree.

#19 A tree Mr. Barnes planted in 2003 in his yard in Southern Missouri.

#20 An Ozark Chinquapin that Mr. Barnes found that shows good resistance to the blight.

 

 

                                      

Thad of Southern Missouri also took these pictures of Chinese Chestnut trees (not native to America). He said they could at first fool you until closer inspection and the big indicator is the 3 nuts in the pod. Ozark Chinquapin has only one seed per pod.

 

 


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