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Other common names
sweet chestnut Spanish chestnut
common chestnut Eurasian chestnut Sardian nut European chestnut
Castanea vesca Castanea vulgaris
Castanea are fast-growing and large deciduous trees or large shrubs, with long, toothed leaves and conspicuous yellow catkins followed by spiny fruits
Fagaceae / Fagaceae
C. sativa is a large vigorous deciduous tree with rugged, grooved bark and glossy, serrate, oblong-lanceolate leaves to 20cm in length. Male catkins to 15cm in length, yellowish, followed by spiny fruits containing edible nuts
S. Europe, N. America, SW Asia, N. Africa
Habit Spreading / Branched
Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing
Exposure Sheltered or Exposed
Higher than 12 metres
wider than 8 metres
Grow in well-drained soil in full sun
Propagate by seed or grafting
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Pruning group 1
Generally pest free
A canker caused by Phytophthora and a leaf spot can be a problem. Susceptible to Chestnut blight.
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