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Name: Clinton
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I live in western Penna. and I have a single butternut tree left on my property. I lost many to the fungus. The last tree has the fungus and has lost many branches. It is around 50 yrs. old. It still produces many nuts each year. I collect these nuts and have been planting them for several years but cannot get any to sprout. Is there something I am missing? The nuts seem ok, at least to eat.

Dear Clinton,

The following may be useful:


Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.

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