FIELD GUIDE TO SHRUBS

Chestnut
Castanea dentata

Family: Fagaceae

Preferred Habitat: moist soil in mixed forests

Range: Southern Ontario east to Maine, south to SW Georgia, west to Mississippi, north to Indiana

Height: up to 6 meters (20 feet)

Leaves: Simple, alternate, toothed, narrowly oblong, with many parallel veins ending a curved tooth

Flowers: white, male flowers in early summer, occurring in long clusters; female flowers occur at base of shorter flower stalks

Fruit: 5-6 cm in diameter, spherical “burs,” covered with many spines, each bur producing one nut, maturing in autumn

Location spotted: Sachar Woods of Brandeis University