Categories Photography Horse Chestnut Post author By David Bennett Post date May 21, 2019 11 Comments on Horse Chestnut Rate this:Like this:Like Loading... Related ← Brexit And The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 → Pleas Before Lords 11 replies on “Horse Chestnut” Omg David; that is easily the most massive Chestnut I have ever seen… D’you have any idea how old she is? LikeLike Big, eh! No, I don’t know, but Cambridge University planted (and continues to plant) interesting trees within the grounds of the various Colleges. My guess is they probably planted this tree and others down by the river where I took this shot. In the park near us, for example, there is a Caucasian Wingnut, a couple of Ginko biloba trees, and others – and I am pretty sure the University planted those. LikeLike A “Caucasian Wingnut”? Omg, sorry David, but ROFL! That particular expression is so descriptive that certain people jumped immediately to mind (and perhaps infamous enough, even to yours?) Is this familiar phraseology or is the expression “wingnut” even used in GB? Cauacasian Wingnut is aka Pterocarya fraxinifolia LikeLike We don’t use wingnut as a personality description (which is what I guess you mean) – and to be boringly normal – the sepals, or perhaps the seeds (not sure what they are, but I have seen them) are like little translucent wingnuts stuck on the twigs. LikeLiked by 1 person Yes, as I’d never heard of a Wingnut (Tree; ) before, I did look them up and they are a very strange looking thing indeed! LikeLike I so adore Ginkgo. Just touching the amazing leaves gives a feeling I can’t explain… LikeLike Yes, very special. The two Ginko trees in the park are a few yards from one another. The leaves on one are slightly larger, paler green, and they seem to droop more in dry weather. I look at them and wonder – Are they different varieties, something else? LikeLiked by 1 person I believe you will find an answer to your question (plus much, MUCH more; ) here: https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Ginkgo+biloba David. (PFAF/ Plants For A Future is such an amazing Database: ) LikeLike We have a lot of horse chestnuts around in my neighborhood too. Back in the days they used the chestnuts to feed the horses when they didn’t have enough hay to feed them with, hence the name horse chestnut. LikeLike We have another explanation for the name 🙂 On the twigs and little branches, when the leaves fall off they leave a mark and it is like a horse shoe with nail holes. LikeLiked by 1 person What a fabulous tree! I love BIG trees! LikeLike Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.