I was driving on the Simpaug Turnpike just south of the West Redding Train Station and saw a sizable chestnut tree and sprouts on the east side of the road. The tree was quite large but had been topped at some point probably by line management trimmers. The trunk was of classic “smooth” chestnut bark, and about five and a half inches DBH.

It didn’t appear to have any male catkins – but the presence of wires might make pollination difficult if not impossible. It is located right next to telegraph pole 2330, and about one-quarter of a mile south of the West Redding Train Station.

Front of leaf

American chestnut sample leaf back

American chestnut leaf back