Tree Information

Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Low

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Low

The Sweet Chestnut stands as a majestic large tree, perfectly suited for parklands or down avenues. As it matures, its robust trunk twists, revealing deep fissures that wind their way back into the bark. Its expansive, shaggy canopy can stretch up to 25m when provided ample space. Known for its robust root system, it develops a comprehensive network of deep, tapering roots. A long lived tree, with the oldest being 700 years.

In summer, the tree blooms with both male and female flowers. The male blossoms boast a creamy white hue that contrasts beautifully with the trees glossy green foliage. These elongated leaves, measuring about 25cm, shine with a rich, glossy green texture and feature serrated edges. By autumn, they transform into captivating shades of buttery yellow and golden bronze before gracefully falling.

As the season progresses, the female catkins mature, eventually yielding edible sweet chestnuts, enclosed in vibrant, spiky green casings.

When propagated from seed, a Castanea tree may require up to 20 years to produce its edible chestnuts. However, grafted varieties can significantly expedite this process, often bearing fruits as in as little as three years post-planting. The term ‘sativa’ in its Latin name means cultivated by humans.

Whether standing alone as a remarkable specimen, or adorning an avenue with its lush, green vitality, the Sweet Chestnut proves an excellent alternative to the Horse Chestnut, especially as concerns over leaf miner, leaf blotch and bleeding canker become more prevalent.

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Size

Large

12m high x 6m wide after 25 years

Environment

Great for parklands or down avenues.

Canopy

Expansive, shaggy canopy can stretch up to 25m when provided ample space.

Foliage

Long deeply serrated leaves are a profound glossy emerald green. In the autumn these bronze into golden yellows before falling.

Bark

As it matures, its robust trunk twists, revealing deep fissures that wind their way back into the bark.

Flowers

In summer, the tree blooms with male and female flowers. The males are creamy white and fragrant.

Fruit

Female catkins mature into 2-3 edible sweet chestnuts enclosed in vibrant, spiky green casings. Grafted varieties produce edible fruits quicker than those grown from seed.

Resilience

Not suited for alkaline conditions, but thrives in well-drained, light soils. Whether in shaded or open areas, it remains resilient during dry periods and can adapt well to maritime environments. With a deep, expansive root system, it efficiently utilises the space provided.

Available As:

Semi-Mature

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