Chestnut Oaks, Beeches, and Horse Chestnuts

Trees often mistaken for true chestnuts

Chestnut Oak (Quercus prinus)

choaklvstemtbEdges of leaf are scalloped
Produces acorns
Buds covered with scales




American Beech: (Fagus grandifolia)

bchlftbLeaves broad and short
Beechnut is tiny
Very long, thin buds
Birch-type bark




Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippo-castanaum)

horchlftbCompound leaf (5-7 leaflets)
Burs are smooth with long spines (like a spiny golf ball) and house one large, shiny nut
Nuts are not edible, quite bitter