- Food forest
Attractive hardy tree that can be coppiced or grown to it's very large 25-30m. Produces nuts after ~15 years.
PLANT TYPE Tree
PLANT HABIT Deciduous perennial
USES Culinary, Pollinators, Utility, Ornamental
Large tree known for it’s tasty roastable nuts in Autumn. Will grow to be a very large tree. Height and spread to 35m! Can optionally be coppiced. Is a versatile and hardy timber favoured for its good splitting. Sweet Chestnut trees produce nuts after 15 years or so.
Does well on limestone-free deeply weathered soil. Doesn’t do well in clay rich or wet soils and prefers a ph 4.5 – 6.
PRODUCT NOTES Bareroot tree between ~50-99cm.
RECOMMENDED LOCATION Forest garden, Ornamental garden
Aspect Full sun
Height Up to 35m
Spread Varies up to 50m?
Hardiness Hardy in UK WInter
Prefered soil pH 4.5 – 6
Management and care Responds well to coppicing and can be used as an attractive timber resource.
Originates in Southern Europe and appears to have been cultivated by humans for over 4000 years. Was probably introduced into Britain by the Romans.