Castagno – Castanea sativa – Fagaceae family Chestnut tree
A tall tree that can grow up to a height of 30m, dicotyledonous, with large lance shaped leaves with serrated edges and prominent veins. The development of the chestnut is initially very slow and accomplishes it’s full splendour of vegetation in about 50 years.
“…Beyond being extremely useful, a chestnut tree also has a beautiful appearance, and a well maintained Chestnut is a beautiful sight, and it’s shade is most delightful, pleasant and fresh for you to enjoy…” (from A Deal with the Trees of Tuscany, from Gaetano Savi)
Pip fruits, or Jupiter’s acorn: these are the nicknames that the Latins gave the chestnuts. The reason that the tree, with its short but strong trunk and imposing crown, evokes the supreme God.