Chestnut





I find that the _chestnut-tree_ is not as well known as its fruit, which

is sold from stands on the street corners of most American cities. A

round, green prickly burr is the husk of the nut, and this is lined

inside with soft, white, velvety down. Nestled closely in this soft bed

lie several dark-brown nuts with soft, polished shells. The first frost

opens the burrs, and the sweet nuts fall to the ground.



You may recognize the tree in midsummer by its long-tasselled,

cream-white blossoms, which hang in profusion from the ends of the

branches. The chestnut is the only forest-tree that blossoms at that

time, so you cannot mistake it. Later you will know it by the prickly

green burrs, which develop quickly. The tree is large and common to most

States. The leaves are from six to eight inches long; they are coarsely

toothed at the edges, sharply pointed at the end, and are prominently

veined on the under side. They grow mostly in tufts drooping from a

common centre.





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