Castanea sativa - Sweet Chestnut Giant

  • This is the well known sweet tasting nut, often sold roasted on the street in Winter, especially around Christmas. This 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. It 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.

Other common names:   -
Native to:     South-East Europe
Family:     Fagaceae (Beech Family)
Habit (UK conditions):  large tree
Growth rate: medium then fast
Typical size in 10 years:   5-6m x 2-3m
Main value:    foliage, fruits (nuts)
Flower colour:    yellow
Flowering period:   March-April
Autumn coloration:   yellow
Preferences:    moist yet well drained soil, full sun of light shade
Hardiness:    hardy in the UK and most of Europe

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