sweet chestnuts: great, tall majestic trees that produce a staple food equivalent to corn in nutrition and yield.
Charles Kelm wrote:
Lots of great plants there. I had one questions about cottonwood trees though: besides their ability to grow in boggy conditions, and act as water pumps (and their being a good host for mushroom spawn, when cut down), what is the benefit to having cottonwoods on my property? I've always thought that I could always think of much more useful trees to take that spot on my land. What say you?
Cottonwood also has medicinal uses. their highly resinous, sweet, almost wintergreen-y smelling buds can be used to infuse oils. the infused oil can be used straight or made into a healing salve which is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, etc. etc. and is very good for minor cuts and scrapes... preventing infection. Also good for achey body parts, as it has pain-killing properties.
It smells amazing and works wonders