Castanea sativa at Roath Park Llandennis Gardens

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Castanea sativa
mid September 2015

Grid reference ST 18436 80543
Common name Sweet chestnut
Origin South Europe & north Africa
Deciduous Yes
Height 15M September 2015
Girth 235cm September 2015
Age in 2015 Approx. 76 years[1]
Planted Approx.1939
Reference 310

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.

Castanea sativa bark

Castanea sativa bark
September 2015

Castanea sativa foliage

Castanea sativa foliage
mid September 2015

Castanea sativa fruit

Castanea sativa fruit
mid September 2015

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.

Sources of Information

  1. Estimating the Age of Large and Veteran Trees in Britain