Castanea sativa is the well known sweet tasting nut, often sold roasted on the street in Winter, especially around Christmas. Castanea sativa is a large tree and requires space due to it being a fast growing species. In the spring, yellow, hanging male flowers are produced but even its dark green foliage is quite decorative on its own. The Sweet Chestnut prefers slightly acidic and good fertile soil. It tolerates good Summer heat and it is easy to grow. Deciduous. We have collected enormous seeds last Autumn from a plantation in Italy, hence the seedlings seem to grow very strongly and they will be strong plants - although their fruit size cannot be guaranteed, it is likely that they will give a good crop.
|Plant type||Deciduous tree|
|Flower||Yellow - March to April|
|Fruit||Edible - Nut|
|Position||Full sun, partial shade|
|Soil type||Moist yet well-drained|
|Rate of growth||Fast|
|Height and spread||5-6m x 2-3m|
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