The American chestnut tree pictured here, abloom in an Evanston yard, is a rare sight. Nearly every chestnut, one of the predominant canopy trees all along the Eastern seaboard, was killed by a fungal blight that was accidentally brought over from Asia and was first discovered in New York City in 1914.
Allison Sloan purchased two saplings from Possibility Place nursery in Monee, Ill. The farmer who had grown the seeds, she said, appeared to be far enough removed from the blight infection.
“His trees are in the 60-foot-tall range and getting bigger. We will see if my two can cross pollinate and bless me with a chestnut,” Ms. Sloan added.