Tree ID please

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Greg

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I came across this tree yesterday, I think it's a type of chestnut but not sure?
Does anyone know what it is and is it edible?
 

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Billy-o

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chestnut, yes. american chestnut ... possibly

got any more pictures of the whole tree? if it is just a young tree, from the pic, it could be any of them ... sweet, chinese etc
 
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Broch

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It does look like sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) - the leaves are a bit long but they do vary quite a bit. Unfortunately, the fruits rarely grow to a size worth harvesting in the UK although I have spent days gathering them and preparing them in the past (when I lived down south).
 
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Greg

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It does look like sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) - the leaves are a bit long but they do vary quite a bit. Unfortunately, the fruits rarely grow to a size worth harvesting in the UK although I have spent days gathering them and preparing them in the past (when I lived down south).

Edible then?
 

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It does look like sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) - the leaves are a bit long but they do vary quite a bit. Unfortunately, the fruits rarely grow to a size worth harvesting in the UK although I have spent days gathering them and preparing them in the past (when I lived down south).

Is this why I never see any decent size nuts from them? All I have harvested are anaemic almost flat nuts from them. I take it they need warmer/brighter climate
 

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The crop from mature trees is very much worth foraging. My favorite local place is Eastham Woods on the Wirral so not just a southern thing.
 

Broch

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The crop from mature trees is very much worth foraging. My favorite local place is Eastham Woods on the Wirral so not just a southern thing.

Coincidently, I found a row of mature sweet chestnuts in an old part of a forest a few miles from us here in Mid Wales only last week - the fruits were far from ripe though and didn't look like they would be much bigger than Beech nuts when they are :(
 

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If it is the chesnuts are seriously spikey, far more so than Horse Chesnuts.

Sweet chesnuts have leaves in singles but horse chesnuts have than in a bunch like a gekkos hand with fat finger ends.
 

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