This tree flourishes in sandy soils, and is found in most parts of England, in the south of Europe, in Africa, and North America.
The wood resembles that of oak in appearance, but can be distinguished from it, as chestnut has no distinct large medullary rays. The annual rings are very distinct, and the wood of a dark brown colour. The timber is of slow growth, and there is no sapwood.
Is remarkably durable, easier to work than oak, does not shrink or swell so much; the young wood is hard and flexible, the old wood brittle.
Formerly much used for roofs and other carpenters' work, and still valuable to coachmakers, wheelwrights, etc.; also for posts, hoops, etc.