Thursday, May 18, 2017

Horse Chestnut #ThursdayTreeLove

In upstate New York, we have a beautiful tree called the horse chestnut.  It is in bloom now, and I want to show one if it's flowers to you for #ThursdayTreeLove..
Large leaves.  And even larger flowers. Unlike some spring trees, they don't flower until their leaves are grown out.  Flowers can be either whitish or pink.  This is one of the white varieties.

And in the fall, the tree produces inedible nuts that children love to play games with.  One game, in particular, conkers, stretches back hundreds of years.  There's an entire tradition in Great Britain built around preparing and playing with your horse chestnut nut (conker).

What a lot of history rolled into one majestic tree.

If you want to learn even more about these majestic trees, click here.

Join Parul Thakur and other bloggers who love trees for #ThursdayTreeLove.

8 comments:

  1. This is one unusual named tree for me- thanks for sharing Alana. Are the chestnuts roasted and eaten?

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    1. Alas, the chestnuts on these trees are not edible. What a shame! A blight took all our native edible chestnuts years ago - they are trying to reestablish with hybrids, but it will be a while.

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  2. I have never heard about Horse chestnut, though we enjoyed the chestnuts while travelling in UK

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  3. Uh oh. I can just picture kids throwing inedible nuts at each other.

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    1. Perhaps not the best choice for a school yard tree.

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  4. I have never heard of that tree but know that there are games around the fruit and that the leaves are so big, I am intrigued. Thank you for joining Alana. Really appreciate it :)

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    1. I'm having a good time, Parul. Thank you for maintaining the meme.

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