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Is my Chestnut still alive?

 
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I am concerned about my hybrid Chestnut(Chinese/American) tree. Here is the Chestnut gone to bed for the winter long before the Pecan dropped its leaves. Chestnut is slightly behind the Pecan.



As you can see, the Pecan is waking up.



Here is the Chestnut. Do the buds look well-formed to ya’ll?

 
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No signs of life yet from my chestnuts, for what that's worth.. And I have no reason to expect they all dropped dead after surviving a harsher winter last year...
 
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i'm not real hopeful about it. here the hickories/pecans break bud well after the chestnuts. all my chestnuts are pushing a bit of green now - and i don't have pecans, but all the hickories still have a little ways to go. can you scratch the bark down low and see if you've got any green?
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