About This Plant

Castanea sativa, the sweet chestnut tree, is a deciduous tree native to Southern Europe and Asia Minor. It’s recognised for its large, serrated leaves and edible chestnuts. These trees can grow up to 100 feet tall and have dark green leaves with serrated edges. The wood is valuable for carpentry and furniture making. Sweet chestnut trees also have cultural significance and provide habitat and food for wildlife.

The Story

Leaf

These deciduous leaves have a glossy, dark green colour on the upper side and a paler green tone on the underside. The leaf veins are prominently visible and exhibit a feather-like pattern. Sweet Chestnut leaves are arranged alternately on the branches and can grow quite large, reaching lengths of 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 cm).

Produce

In spring, they produce clusters of flowers that develop into spiky burrs containing chestnuts in the fall. The chestnuts are used in various culinary dishes.
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