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Sweet Chestnut | Castanea sativa - Height 250-300cm - Girth 14-16cm - 30-50lt

Sweet Chestnut | Castanea sativa - Height 250-300cm - Girth 14-16cm - 30-50lt

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Castanea sativa, commonly known as the Sweet C

hestnut tree, is a majestic and long-lived species native to Europe and parts of Asia Minor. Belonging to the Fagaceae family, it stands as a symbol of strength and resilience in many cultures, with its towering stature and deeply furrowed bark.

The leaves of Castanea sativa are distinctively long and lance-shaped, with serrated edges that give them a rough texture. During the spring and summer, the canopy is adorned with clusters of creamy-white flowers, which give way to spiky green husks containing the prized sweet chestnuts in autumn.

Sweet chestnuts, often referred to simply as "chestnuts," have been a staple food source for centuries, cherished for their rich, nutty flavor and versatile culinary applications. Whether roasted over an open fire, boiled and mashed into a creamy puree, or incorporated into hearty stews and stuffing recipes, chestnuts are celebrated in both sweet and savory dishes throughout the UK.

Beyond their culinary significance, sweet chestnut trees play a vital ecological role, providing habitat and sustenance for a diverse array of wildlife. Birds, such as blue tits and nuthatches, feast on the tree's seeds, while small mammals like squirrels rely on them as a seasonal food source.

Despite their resilience, sweet chestnut trees face threats from various pests and diseases, including chestnut blight and ink disease, which have impacted populations in some regions. Conservation efforts aim to preserve these iconic trees and their valuable genetic diversity for future generations to enjoy.

  • Common Name

    Sweet Chestnut

  • Family


  • Type

    deciduous tree

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    Europe and Asia Minor

  • Flower

    Male catkins to 15cm , yellowish

  • Foliage

    glossy, serrate, oblong-lanceolate

  • Maturation period

    20–50 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height

More than 12m

Mature Width

Wider than 8m

Shape / habit


Preferred Location


Soil Type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil moisture

Moist but well–drained, Well–drained

Growing Period




Spring, Summer and Autumn



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    Since we only grow and sell trees, in 40 years we have figured out how to do it very well.

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    We will deliver your tree and plant it for you. Or 10 trees or a 100.

Arundel Arboretum is a shrub and tree retail nursery with over 40 years of experience.

About Us

During this time, we have developed a large stock of trees, mature evergreen shrubs, conifers, Japanese maples, cedars and olives. What sets us apart from a generic garden center is solid unwavering focus on trees and some bigger shrubs. You will find thousands of trees, hundreds of varieties and lots of experts who are working on the nursery and more than willing to help you to choose a plant for you.

What you will not find is hot tubs, garden furniture and plastic garden gnomes. In a nutshell, trees is what we know and trees is what we do, and only trees (and some shrubs to go with the trees).

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Arundel Arboretum Ltd Scotland Barn Chichester Road Arundel West Sussex BN18 0AD

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9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bank Holidays

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Easter Sunday - Closed

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