Sweet Chestnut - Castanea sativa


    Large spreading tree to 30 metres. Leaves oblong, pointed and toothed, scaly beneath. Flowers yellowish green in erect or spreading catkins. Fruits 1 to 3 brown shiny nuts in a very spiny splitting husk.

    Identification difficulty

    Woodland, particularly on acid soils.

    When to see it

    Flowers July.

    Life History

    Deciduous tree.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 73 of the 617 tetrads.

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