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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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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
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
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing
Exposure Sheltered or Exposed
Higher than 12 metres
wider than 8 metres
Time to ultimate height
Grow in well-drained soil in full sun
Propagate by seed or grafting
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Pruning Pruning group 1
Pests Generally pest free
A canker caused by Phytophthora and a leaf spot can be a problem. Susceptible to Chestnut blight.
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