**132/6-Tree Talk-Horse Chestnut.

 

Horse Chestnut -courtesy Wikipedia.

An Asiatic tree imported into England centuries ago-thoroughly naturalized here. Its popular name probably due to the fact that its fruits bear some resemblance to real Sweet Chestnuts.   A fine large tree with great spreading branches.  It is found all over the country & does best where the soil is a rich loam.  It can be recognized in winter by its thick brown twigs, each with a large scaly bud at the end.  Other smaller buds on the twigs are arranged in leaves which are among the first to start to decay, as early as August they start to droop & turn a rusty red, & a month later they begin to fall.  Another smaller variety  of  Horse Chestnut has scarlet flowers.

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