‘Crazy Weather’ Causes Chestnut Tree to Bloom Again

“I’ve never seen anything like it in my 65 years,” said Albert Strawderman of Mathias.

For the second time this year, Strawderman’s chestnut tree is blooming and producing fruit.

“It’s the crazy weather,” he said.

According to the American Chestnut Foundation, chestnut trees bloom between mid-June and mid-July. The flowers develop into burs, which contain up to three nuts.

The burs split open when the nuts are mature, typically in September or October.

The American Chestnuts were once giant trees and very prolific in the Appalachian forest. In the early 1900s a fungus caused a destructive blight that led to significant tree loss.

Strawderman said his father planted two chestnut trees in the early 1970s. This one is the only survivor.

“I doubt they will produce nuts before we get a frost,” Strawderman said.

Warmer than average temperatures and more rainfall than usual in the month of August is most likely the cause of the phenomenon.