Growing Up - Flowers

Move your mouse over the photo to see a close-up of the female portion of the flower at the base.
In early summer, my family is pretty handsome, if I do say so myself! Mature trees are covered in clusters of long, cream-colored arching blossoms called either flowers or catkins.

We grow chestnut flowers that are male AND female on the same tree! But we need another tree for pollination. Wind and birds carry the microscopic pollen from male flowers to cross-pollinate wtih female flowers of nearby American chestnut trees.

When tiny petals fall, it produces a unique effect they called “summer snow.”

The female flowers will later ripen into prickly burs that split open in the fall to release about three nuts each.