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Sweet Chestnut

sweet chestnut

Castanea sativa

Its bark is purple-grey and smooth. Later on it develops small vertical plates and angled spiral ridges.

The sweet chestnut is found in parks, woods and estates. It is common in soils of South England.

It is used in joinery, for exterior construction and veneer. Coppice poles are used for fencing and its nuts are edible.

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