Archive for September 22nd, 2011

CHESTNUT TREES IN LES MARTYS, FRANCE

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
Chestnut trees, Castanea sativa, Les Martys, France

Chestnut trees, Castanea sativa, Les Martys, France

Walking in a cool, upland forest in the  Montagne Noire (The Black Mountains) in the south of France near Carcassone, we stumbled upon a Chestnut tree.  This one is the European variety, Castanea sativa.  There were many of them, some very tall specimens.  We got a glimpse of what the American Chestnuts must have been like, being that these are so similar in appearance.

Chestnut trees, Castanea sativa, Les Martys, France

Chestnut trees, Castanea sativa, Les Martys, France

We noticed the blight on the bark, and upon close inspection we found trees that were dead in the middle with many shoots around the side, a familiar sight in northeastern America.

Chestnut trees, Castanea sativa, Les Martys, France

Chestnut trees, Castanea sativa, Les Martys, France

It turns out that the European Chestnut is also effected by the blighting fungus introduced from Chinese Chestnuts, however they are not as severely affected as the American Chestnuts.

It was exciting to see these Chestnuts growing amidst European Beeches and Oaks on this cool hillside!

 Isabelle Dijols with ferns, Les Martys, France

Isabelle Dijols with ferns, Les Martys, France

The ferns in these woods were taller than Isabelle.