Key Features: Attractive bark; Chestnut; Fast Growing; Summer interest;
Although not native, the Sweet or Spanish Chestnut has long been naturalised throughout the UK. Believed to have first been introduced by the Romans centuries ago, for many it evokes memories of roasting chestnuts on open fires during the festive time of year.
C. sativa is a magnificent, large, quick growing tree seen at its best during mid-summer when it becomes laden with stunning yellow to green male and female catkins, providing fantastic forage for bees. Its attractive bark develops twisted vertical fissures as it matures and the timber held within is highly valued in furniture production. A great choice of the large garden, paddock or parkland setting, C. sativa looks fantastic as a single specimen or planted as an avenue. Grows best on any well drained to dry soil. Lime tolerant and fully hardy.