Chestnut Tree of a Hundred Horses

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Chestnut Tree of a Hundred Horses

Post by edfrank » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:18 am

Chestnut Tree of a Hundred Horses

I cam across this nice blog on the Chestnut Tree of a Hundred Horses today and thought it might be of interst to other ENTS Members.

Italian version: ... o-cavalli/

Google Translation: ... cavalli%2F
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Tree as it looks today
The tree in a gouache by Jean-Pierre Houël ca. 1777.

From Wikipedia: ... red_Horses
The Chestnut Tree of One Hundred Horses (Italian: Castagno dei Cento Cavalli; Sicilian: Castagnu dê Centu Cavaddi) is the largest and oldest known chestnut tree in the world. Located on Linguaglossa road in Sant'Alfio, on the eastern slope of Mount Etna in Sicily — only 8 km (5 miles) from the mountain's crater — it is generally believed to be 2,000 to 4,000 years old (4,000 according to the botanist Bruno Peyronel from Turin).It is a Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa, family Fagaceae). Guinness World Records has listed it for the record of "Greatest Tree Girth Ever", noting that it had a circumference of 57.9 m (190 ft) when it was measured in 1780. Above-ground the tree has since split into multiple large trunks, but below-ground these trunks still share the same roots.The tree's name originated from a legend in which a queen of Aragon and her company of one hundred knights, during a trip to Mount Etna, were caught in a severe thunderstorm. The entire company is said to have taken shelter under the tree.
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Re: Chestnut Tree of a Hundred Horses

Post by James Parton » Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:29 pm

European Chestnut is probably the closest kin to the American Chestnut. Reports of huge American Chestnuts abound in tales but almost impossible to verify today since the blight has wiped out all the large trees. I always have wondered though.

I wonder how the " Horses " chestnut compares in girth compared with the Tule Tree and the largest Baobabs?
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Re: Chestnut Tree of a Hundred Horses

Post by Steve Galehouse » Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:58 pm

Ed, James-

I've read about this tree before; it reminds me of the Tule cypress in Mexico:

every plant is native somewhere

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