Are chestnut trees native to America?



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    There are three main species of chestnut comprising about 12 different genera. Of these, one species, the American Chestnut is native to America. The American Chestnut comprises four genera: Castanea dentata (Latin for toothed chestnut); Castanea pumila (Latin for dwarf chestnut; common name Allegany Chinkapin); Castanea alnifolia (Alder-leafed chestnut); Castanea ashei (Ash chestnut) ; Castanea floridana (Florida chestnut); and Castanea paupispina (Poor pine Chestnut).

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