AUGUSTA — The Viles Arboretum recently announced its limited quantity of American chestnut seedlings for sale.

This native tree species was nearly eliminated throughout its range when in 1902 a fungus was imported to the U.S. It spread rapidly throughout the tree’s range including Maine and killed virtually every adult tree.

The seedlings cost $15, proceeds will benefit the work of the American Chestnut Foundation Maine Chapter and the Viles Arboretum.

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