American Chestnut (Castanea dentata)


Common Names: Chestnut


Distribution: Eastern United States


Color/appearance: Heartwood is a light to medium brown, darkening to a reddish brown with age. Narrow sapwood is well-defined and is pale white to light brown.


Janka hardness: 540 lbf


Density: 2.5 lb/b.f.


Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 3.4%

Tangential (width): 6.7%,

Volumetric (total): 11.6%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 2.0


Allergies/Toxicity: 1 None for American Chestnut (Castanea dentata); other types of Chestnut in  the Castanea genus (C. sativa and C. mollissima) have been reported to cause skin irritation.


Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: no


Common Uses: Flooring, rustic furniture, shingles and reclaimed lumber.


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