The Sweet Chestnut is native to Southern Europe and North Africa. It was brought here by the Romans and is known for its long glossy leaves which turn gold and bronze in the Autumn. The edible fruits from mature trees drop in October.
The bark of these chestnuts is grey-purple and smooth, which develops vertical fissures with age. The twigs are purple-brown and buds are plum, red-brown and oval in shape.
This is a large tree full of character that is good in groups or for avenues.
Ideal conditions – Sun to light shade but likes a warm location. Likes a reasonably dry soil and is moderately lime and salt tolerant.
Maximum height: 15 – 20 metres