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Oak or Chestnut?10/6
I just noticed this website with a picture of the end grain of chestnut. It doesn't have rays, but chestnut is a white oak and doesn't the rest of the oak family have rays or "fleck"? Why doesn't chestnut?
Website was http://lmbarns.googlepages.com/chestnut
Anyone have any other tips for Identifying chestnut in the field? I'm having a rather hard time of it.
Chestnut is a white oak?? Thats news to me. To my knowledge chestnut belongs to the same family of walnut & butternut.
Heres one tip for the field. You won't ever find a chestnut tree of any usable size growing wild. The few stands that do exist are protected.
Perhaps Dr Gene could clear it all up.?
Chestnut is actually related to oak in that they are in the same plant family, along with beech.
Oak is in the genus Quercus and chestnut is in the genus Castanea. Both are in the family Fagaceace.