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Tree  How the Horse Chestnut got it's Name

Horse Chestnut Stem - Photo  Copyright 2004 G. Bradley

On the branches, just beneath the sticky buds, there is a horseshoe-like mark, from which the tree gets it's name. 

Because of this association with horses, the seeds of the tree, known as conkers, used to be ground up and fed to horses as a remedy for breathing difficulties.

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