Large spiky balls on tree on Ga Tech track and field stadium

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Date Photo Taken: 07/20/2012
Location: Georgia Tech
Posted By: jeanr3


My son got this off a large tree near the track and field stadium at Georgia Tech and we can’t figure out what it is. Leaves are about 4 – 5 inches long, dark green, and have small points along edges and leaves are directly opposite of each other. Most interesting part is 1 1/2 inch light green spiky seed pod(?) along branches. Any idea? jeanr3


  1. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Chestnut tree.

    July 21st, 2012 at 8:19 am
  2. Bevo Registered says:

    I’m certainly no expert, but it might be a chestnut tree.

    July 21st, 2012 at 11:22 am
  3. jeanr3 Registered says:

    Thanks so much!

    July 22nd, 2012 at 8:58 am
  4. Brian T Unregistered says:

    Probably a Chinese chestnut from a look at the leaves. Plus it is hard to find a true Chestnut tree on earth capable of growing to a seed bearing age. Chestnut blight took care of that over 50 years ago.

    August 19th, 2012 at 10:11 pm
  5. Julian Unregistered says:

    Hey I ate a seed off of this plant? Will I die?

    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:05 pm
  6. JeffW Unregistered says:

    Julian, we all eventually die, the question is how long from now will you. If this is a chestnut tree, then the seed is the nut, yes?

    I came across one of these trees at the Greek Orthodox Church. Diana brought the spiny ball with us. When we got home I grabbed what I thought was an orange on the floorboard and Ouch! This thing really puts a sting on you. I noticed difficulty breathing for about 24hours. I feel fine now. I asked her not to bring it too.

    October 9th, 2012 at 7:27 am
  7. Terrence E Unregistered says:

    my parents have the same tree in there back yard in ohio. they have been told it is a chestnut tree.

    November 27th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

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