Plant ID forum: Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa)

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Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Aug 9, 2015 2:22 PM CST
This popped up in my garden, it's a tree or shrub because of the woody-like stem..I have no idea what it could be..
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Name: Rob
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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plantrob
Aug 9, 2015 3:00 PM CST
Given where you garden, I wonder if it might be European beech (Fagus sylvatica)?
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Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
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HamiltonSquare
Aug 9, 2015 3:03 PM CST
Reminds me of Chestnut.
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Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Aug 9, 2015 3:49 PM CST
Thanks for the replies!
I also thought for a moment Rob, it could be European Beech but it isn't, I do have another volunteer which is a Fagus sylvatica purpurea, the purple leaved variety and when comparing the two they don't match..
I think the Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa) is correct Leslieray, the shape of the leaves and the arrangement of the veins do match !
No idea how it ended up in my garden though..the seed is large and could not have been carried by birds and I haven't eaten nor bought those for many years.. Confused
Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
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HamiltonSquare
Aug 9, 2015 8:40 PM CST
Here there moved around by Jays that plant them and other nuts including pecans, walnuts, chestnuts, and tons of acorns then forget them. There gardening ideas make for a lot of work removing seed/saplings which can be tough if they get growing for a while before you fined them. Most chestnuts that fall are eaten by one critter or another including me. They make a delicious soup! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Aug 10, 2015 1:33 AM CST
Ah that makes sense, I often do have Jays for visitors in the garden! Smiling
I love Chestnuts, used to eat a lot when I was young, they are also nice roasted in the fire like potatoes!
The tree is beautiful too, but unfortunately i have no room for it in my little town garden..

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