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Sweet Chestnut

Castanea sativa

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

DESCRIPTION

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.

Origin/history

Originates in Southern Europe and appears to have been cultivated by humans for over 4000 years. Was probably introduced into Britain by the Romans.

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Sweet Chestnut