wingnut tree

Above: a wingnut tree, with
Smithfield meat market in the background.

Below: the statue of liberty in the square at Smithfields, with a wingnut behind..


wingnut tree

Trees of London
Smithfields

Wingnut

              Where one sees these trees, it is difficult not to be impressed by them, even if they are seen in the winter, bare of foliage. When they are mature, they have thick trunks from which strong branches spring, producing a round crown.

              The nuts are like wingnuts, which are used by motor mechanics and the like. It can be assumed that the metal ones where named after the tree.

              The nuts hang down in trains and make the tree relatively easy to recognize in the autumn.


The nuts trail down from the wingnut tree. wingnut tree

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Tree Identification

Pterocarya fraxinifolia:

Leaf:
pinnately compound; leaflers: oval pointed.

wingnut leaf
the wingnut fruit hangs down

nuts/fruit: the most distinctive feature of this tree. The nuts hang down in clusters.

catkins of wingnut

Flowers: large catkins

wingnut bark bark:
dark grey; vertical ridges.
shape:
grows to 20 metres; rounded crown.
general: the nuts are similar in look to what mechanics call wingnuts; probably named after this tree.

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Location
Between the meat market and the hospital, there is a square
in which there are some notable trees. The most notable of them
all is the wingnut which is the first tree to the right of the entrance.

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