The Winner is.... (And what is this plant??)

Thank you everyone for sharing your plants and fallishness.  The winner is.... Cheryl M!  I have contacted her and await her response.

She wins a skein in the color of her choice of Yummy 2-ply Sock yarn and a Martina Behm pattern in Miss Winkle!

Also, I forgot to include this picture in my blog post the other day.  I saw this shrubby plant on the edge of our driveway and have never noticed it before. What the heck is it??


The balls are made up of very pointy points/things. What is it and how/who could ever eat the fruit?? As in what animals? Or is it a way to keep anything from eating them? I would love for someone to tell me what it is.

Have a wonderful Labor Day!





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It is indeed a Sweet or Spanish Chestnut, I am surrounded by them as I live in the middle of managed woodland in the south-east of England. It is cut, as Sharon says, for basket, fence-post and hurdle making. I eat the nuts raw and they really are ‘as sweet as a nut’, but also love them baked in the oven for about fifteen minutes. You need to cut a little cross in the top or they can pop and split their skins. If you have far too much time on your hands you can make marron glace. I did it one year, never again. They are so delicious though…

Sharon Pearse

If that bush was over here (UK) I’d have no hesitation in identifying it as a Sweet Chestnut. They’re coppiced to yield timbers for hurdles and fencing.

The nuts, once extracted from the prickly casings – not that difficult, let them ripen and dry – are traditionally roasted, on an open fire if you like.

Or you can serve them cooked with Brussels Sprouts as part of a Christmas Dinner. I think this a waste of chestnuts, but I don’t like Brussels Sprouts!

Cyndi Miller

Hickory nuts have smooth casings. We call these Buckeyes from the Chestnut family.


It is a chestnut tree. The pods will split and the nuts are inside. The American chestnut used to cover all across the eastern US, but are very rare and what few are left are protected (the forests were killed off due to a fungal blight accidentally introduced when Japanese chestnuts were imported in the early 1900’s). There is still work being done on producing blight resistant strains of the American chestnut tree. Looking at the leaves, the tree in the photo is most likely a European species – Sweet Chestnut – which seems more naturally resistant to the blight.

Cheryl Monroe

YAY!! This is so exciting. I’ve never won anything before. I replied to your email this evening. It was very hard to choose, but I finally decided on the Russett color way. I love your yarns.
Thanks again!


Could it be a hazelnut? Hope so!

Cheryl M

I am so excited that I won!! I have not received an email from you though. Hope to hear from you soon!



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Barb LeBlanc

I don’t know but it looks like the one I got for free from the Arbor Society at a craft show. We can’t figure out what it is either. It’s not Sweet gum because the leaves are five pointy ones together on that tree and the sticky balls on it are sharper. Our tree also has the alternating leaves down the branch with each leaf having a curliness around the edging.

Jane Snell Copes

Sweet gum trees have beautiful 5-pointed star-shaped leaves. Chestnut of some kind.

Dana Chadwell

Is it a pawpaw?

Mary Cherrey

Chestnut (I have 2 in my yard). It has been a good year with all of the rain and the chestnuts should be big this year.

Bloglesscarla Jea

Sweet gum, I’m thinking. I believe it takes a male and a female tree to make these, so be in the lookout for another tree with similar leaves. They can be a pain to pick up. Very prickly.

Tina Clinefelter

Chinese chestnut – the American chestnut is afflicted with a blight and currently does not grow to produce fruit. It is being back-crossed with Chinese varieties to produce a blight resistant tree. Bet you wish you had never asked…


I think it might be a hickory tree. They are common in Tennessee. The pods are the outer covering of the nuts.

Jo Swords

Definitely a chestnut. I googled chestnut tree photos and there it was.


I think it might be a hickory tree. They are common in Tennessee. The pods are the outer covering of the nuts.

Susan Torp

It is a sweet gum tree. They are usually found in the South. Gather the seed pods and push them into a styrofoam cone and make a beautiful Christmas tree for your table.

Christie Stegall

From the picture, it looks like a chestnut/chinkapin (Castanea species, Beech family). You can harvest in the fall and get to the nuts by separating the burr.

Jacquie Harries

It looks like a chestnut of some kind,inside the prickly cases will be the chestnuts

Jacquie Harries

It looks like a chestnut of some kind,inside the prickly cases will be the chestnuts

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