Saplings from Anne Frank's tree take root in US

Mar 23, 2013 Full story: KMPH-TV Fresno

INDIANAPOLIS - Saplings from the chestnut tree that stood as a symbol of hope for Anne Frank as she hid from the Nazis for two years in Amsterdam are being distributed to 11 locations in the United States as part of a project that aims to preserve her legacy and promote tolerance.

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Since: Mar 07

formerly Nuneaton

#1 Mar 25, 2013
Good idea.

There are very few Conker trees (Aesculus Hippocastanum) in the USA. Over there you have instead the native buckeye trees which are rather more slender and also have rather smaller seeds.

For the record Aesculus Hippocastanum grows rather well on loam but will also manage very well on flysch shale and volcanic soils in conditions ranging from part alkaline to sulphurously acid and metal rich.

Over here we get leaf miner moth which reduces the vigour, over there the moths should be absent so trees to 30m looking like big oaks are still possible.

For the record the wood is heavy, soft, relatively weak, rots rather quickly and able to bend under a load. It is as a result one of the few trees that can be tip pruned (removing the ends of big branches allowing a re sprout). Old tip pruned trees respond by hollowing out the big old branches which removes about 1/2 to 2/3 of the total weight of the branch. This weight removal with all the strength and bendability remaining in the sapwood results in the tree remaining a huge specimen even when hollowed out to a shell;(the tip pruning needs repeating from time to time via a cherry picker crane with a monkey wielding a chainsaw). A tip pruned tree is best re cut on the next occasion below the original cut unless re growth as sealed the pruning scar. The result in most cases is a tree with gradually thickening trunk (hollow cored), and a gradually reducing crown which still re sprouts vigorously afterward.

Old tip pruned trees may live for twice as long as a classic specimen.(he Anne Frank tree was never tip pruned & collapsed under its own weight when hollowing out). They tend in either case to shed small & medium sized branches under heavy loading such as storms so are good in isolated parks rather than in the streets.

Have a nice day: Ag

ps. whacking tour opponent over the head with a conker on a string is a foul manoeuvre and will also destroy the integrity of the conker you are playing with (human skulls are harder).

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