Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa) - leaves and fruit - September 2017
A Sweet Chestnut in the Hill Barton industrial estate of Exeter, UK. === Video taken: 05/09/2017 This tree is monoecious which means both male and female flowers are on the same tree - but different parts. Most of sweet chestnut is male flowers which are the long dangling yellowish catkins. The female catkins (green) are not as long and typically hidden amongst the male ones. === Sweet chestnut is a deciduous broadleaf tree native to southern Europe, western Asia and north Africa. The sweet chestnut is thought to have been introduced to the British Isles by the Romans but today it can be found commonly throughout Britain in woods and copses, especially in parts of southern England, where it is still managed to form large areas of coppice. === Other common names sweet chestnut Spanish chestnut see more Synonyms Castanea vesca Castanea vulgaris Family Fagaceae === Characteristics Foliage Deciduous Habit Spreading / Branched Hardiness H6 === Moisture Well-drained Soil Loam, Sand pH Acid, Neutral === Size Ultimate height Higher than 12 metres Ultimate spread wider than 8 metres
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