That tells me that Italian chestnut trees aren't as hardy as American Chestnut trees before the blight kill almost all of them. Connecticut get pretty cold winter although being so close to the coast they do have the warming effect of the Gulf Stream.
Kathleen Sanderson wrote:
How imminent is the danger of it being cut down? Because it will be fall before the nuts are ripe, and they need to be planted very soon after they fall from the tree, before they dry out. (Or get worms in them.)
Over on the Oregon Coast where my family comes from, there are several OLD European Chestnuts. My grandmother, who just died at the age of 97 (born in 1913), said the two parent trees were old when she was a little girl, so she had no idea who had planted them. The area was settled (by whites) in the 1860's and 1870's, and she thought those two trees were older than that! Anyway, when we moved over here, there had just been a really good crop of chestnuts from those trees, so I planted some nuts in pots and brought them over here. Some survived for a couple of years (our winters are much harsher than at the Coast), but I doubt that they would have ever produced nuts here.
If that tree does get cut down, I hope someone is going to use the wood for something other than firewood!