The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Section IV. Deciduous Ornamental Trees

Castanea sativa timber

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As a timber tree, this is greatly inferior to the oak, being looser grained, and more liable to decay; and the American wood is more open to this objection than that produced on the opposite side of the Atlantic. It is, however, in general use among us, for posts and rails in fencing; and when the former are charred, they are found to be quite durable.