Castanea sativa 'Laciniata' at Bute Park

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Castanea sativa 'Laciniata'
early October 2022

Grid reference ST 17764 76653
Common name Sweet chestnut 'Laciniata'
Origin Garden origin
Deciduous Yes
Status Wales Champion 2022
Missing tag 2026
Missing old tag 10
Height 12M October 2022
Girth 164cm October 2022
Reference 847

This tree is near the south end of the Herbaceous Border. It was planted during National Tree Week 1988 and sponsored by Deri Homes to mark the opening of the Bute Park Arboretum.

Although planted as Castanea sativa 'Asplenifolia' it was later identified as Castanea sativa 'Laciniata'.

Castanea sativa 'Laciniata' bark

Castanea sativa 'Laciniata' bark
early October 2022

Castanea sativa 'Laciniata' leaf1

Castanea sativa 'Laciniata' leaves
early October 2022

Castanea sativa 'Laciniata' fruit1

Castanea sativa 'Laciniata' fruits
early October 2022

Castanea sativa 'Laciniata' fruit2

Castanea sativa 'Laciniata' fruits
mid October 2022

Castanea sativa 'Laciniata' catkin1

Castanea sativa 'Laciniata' male flowers
early October 2022

General tree description for Castanea sativa

Castanea sativa is a fast growing, large tree growing up to 36 metres tall. It has vertically-ridged, rough, grey-brown bark and dense glossy foliage. The leaves are 20cm long and elliptic with 20 pairs of straight parallel veins each ending in a 'saw' tooth. The flowers are bisexual catkins, female at the base and male at the tip. The conspicuous male sections are 15 to 20cm long and yellow or creamy white with an unpleasant odour. They mature in mid summer, then fall away leaving the female catkins to develop into spiny fruits (chestnuts) in autumn. A good crop of chestnuts is only produced in a warmer than average summer.