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Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa)

A long lived giant with edible nuts
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£8.95

Sweet chestnut

Castanea sativa

Sweet chestnut is found commonly throughout the UK in woods and copses, especially in parts of southern England. It belongs to the same family as oaks and beeches. The bark is grey-purple and smooth and develops vertical fissures with age. The twigs are purple-brown and buds are red-brown and oval in shape. The trees begin to bear fruit - shiny, red-brown fruits wrapped in a green, spiky case - when they are around 25 years old. Trunks can grow up to 2m in diameter.

Sweet chestnut estimated full grown height:

Up to 35m 

Purchase size and growth: 

These trees are cell-grown saplings, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Cell grown trees can be planted all year round in most situations as long as they are given the correct care. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly. 

Value to wildlife:

The flowers provide an important source of nectar and pollen for bees and other insects, while red squirrels eat the nuts. A large number of micro-moths feed on the leaves and nuts.

Sweet chestnut preferred soil type or environmental conditions: 

Prefers sun and well-drained soil - the tree won’t fruit in shade.  

UK and Ireland sourced and grown (UKISG):

Every sapling that we provide is UK and Ireland sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.  

More information about this tree is availablehere.

Sweet chestnut

Castanea sativa

Sweet chestnut is found commonly throughout the UK in woods and copses, especially in parts of southern England. It belongs to the same family as oaks and beeches. The bark is grey-purple and smooth and develops vertical fissures with age. The twigs are purple-brown and buds are red-brown and oval in shape. The trees begin to bear fruit - shiny, red-brown fruits wrapped in a green, spiky case - when they are around 25 years old. Trunks can grow up to 2m in diameter.

Sweet chestnut estimated full grown height:

Up to 35m 

Purchase size and growth: 

These trees are cell-grown saplings, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Cell grown trees can be planted all year round in most situations as long as they are given the correct care. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly. 

Value to wildlife:

The flowers provide an important source of nectar and pollen for bees and other insects, while red squirrels eat the nuts. A large number of micro-moths feed on the leaves and nuts.

Sweet chestnut preferred soil type or environmental conditions: 

Prefers sun and well-drained soil - the tree won’t fruit in shade.  

UK and Ireland sourced and grown (UKISG):

Every sapling that we provide is UK and Ireland sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.  

More information about this tree is availablehere.

Planting information:

As a rough guide, trees are usually planted at around 2m intervals but please take into account the final size of the tree and be aware of buildings, services and other plants nearby to ensure that damage cannot occur from the roots and canopy as the tree grows.

Oct-Feb - This is the best time of year for planting trees and your sapling is dormant, as long as it is kept free from frost and wind as well as being kept moist and in light conditions then it will last a few weeks before planting.

Mar-Sept - Your sapling is growing fast and will need planting as soon as possible. Planting it immediately will ensure it does not dry out, lose nutrients etc.

On-going care requirements:

Once planted, your tree will need some care and attention for a few years; this will mainly be weeding around the base to reduce the competition for nutrients and ensuring your tree has enough water. For more information about caring for your trees, click here.

Delivery information: 

Free delivery is available for all tree orders but please allow up to 7-10 days for your delivery to arrive. You will receive a cell grown sapling, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly. 

Please note that recent changes to regulations mean we are, unfortunately, currently unable to ship our trees to Northern Ireland. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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