|Grid reference||ST 18436 80543|
|Common name||Sweet chestnut|
|Origin||South Europe & north Africa|
|Height||15M September 2015|
|Girth||235cm September 2015|
|Age in 2015||Approx. 76 years|
This tree is at the south east end of Llandennis Gardens. There used to be several Castanea sativa along the eastern boundary and this is the last remaining.
General tree description
Castanea sativa is a fast growing, large tree growing up to 36 metres tall. It has vertically-ridged, rough, grey-brown bark and dense glossy foliage. The leaves are 20cm long and elliptic with 20 pairs of straight parallel veins each ending in a 'saw' tooth. The flowers are bisexual catkins, female at the base and male at the tip. The conspicuous male sections are 15 to 20cm long and yellow or creamy white with an unpleasant odour. They mature in mid summer, then fall away leaving the female catkins to develop into spiny fruits (chestnuts) in autumn. A good crop of chestnuts is only produced in a warmer than average summer.
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