Sweet Chestnut

Name: Sweet Chestnut

Scientific name: Castanea sativa

Category: Trees and bushes

Nature Stars: 40

What are nature stars?

About: A tall forest tree.

How to identify: Told by the long leaves with large teeth along the edge as well as the softly spiny fruit cases that contain two or three chestnuts.

Where: Widespread in south east England, sometimes planted elsewhere.

Fantastic fact: Roasted chestnuts are a traditional part of Christmas dinner, as well as being sold on the streets during the winter.

Photograph credit: Philip Precey


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