Not a Horse-Chestnut, But What?

East Bridgewater, MA

Based on the whorl leave pattern I thought I'd found a Horse-Chestnut but the leaves are oppositely arranged. This was on the edge of a pond at a state park - not sure if it was planted or natural.

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Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)


Horse-chestnut is Aesculus sp.; that has palmately compound foliage with opposite arrangement along branches - not whorled.

I think you have a healthy happy Nyssa sylvatica there. Since this is a native tree in MA, it is probably naturally occurring.

East Bridgewater, MA

Damn, I should have thought of that one! Especially with that bark which i think is distinctive (around here at least).


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