HPT Tree of the Month November 2017


November 2017

Sweet Chestnut

Highfield Park Tree Trail: Number 1

Latin/Botanical Name: Castanea sativa

Range: Native to Southern Europe but widely planted throughout Europe.

Height: to 35m

Uses: Timber is used for joinery and furniture and has similar properties to oak but lighter and easier to work. It is also coppiced to produce poles. The chestnuts can be roasted.

Description: A deciduous domed tree. Bark is brownish grey often spiralled in older trees. Leaves are long, toothed and pointed. Flowers are found in bisexual yellow catkins, female flowers at the base. Shiny red-brown fruits develop in a green, spiky case, usually when the trees is about 25 years old.

Interesting fact: The Romans ground the nuts in to a coarse flour or meal which they then used to make a porridge called ‘polenta’ which was either eaten hot or allowed to cool and solidify into a loaf, which was then baked.


Tree of the Month November 2017

Previous ‘Tree of the Month’ Pages

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

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