Tree-Watching: Time for Baby Chestnuts?

June 3, 2012

Are these tiny green pods baby chestnuts?

The flowers are now withering and falling from the horse chestnut trees.  When I looked closely, I noticed some tiny, green pods on the flower stems.  Could these be baby horse chestnuts?

Horse chestnut pods and one flower

The leaves of a horse chestnut tree are palmately compound, with leaves opening like fingers round the palm of your hand.

5 Responses to “Tree-Watching: Time for Baby Chestnuts?”

  1. Adrienne Says:

    re: tree-watching. Seattle chestnuts in your pix reminded me of Ohio buckeyes growing wild in my Wisconsin wooded yard. This led me to learn more about both trees.

    • Rosemary Says:

      There is one buckeye at Green Lake Park (it’s labeled — I think it’s a yellow buckeye.) I’d love to hear what you learned about these trees. I’ve read that many/most chestnuts succumbed to a disease. My “adopted” trees were horse chestnuts.

  2. Adrienne Says:

    I was a bit confused about horse chestnut and buckeye and American chestnuts, which were magnificent trees that died out due to introduced disease. then found this article about a last stand of American chestnuts here in Wisconsin. I know you’ll find it interesting
    http://dnr.wi.gov/wnrmag/html/stories/2002/aug02/chest.htm


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