Castanea sativa


Spanish Chestnut

Deciduous tree, conical when young then spreading. Height to 25m. Grey/brown deeply fissured bark. Leaves are oblong-lanceolate with serrate margins, turning yellow/gold in autumn. Fruit are male and female catkins. Fruit are prickly nuts.


The Spanish Chestnut has edible fruit and can be used as a specimen tree in parks and larger gardens.


Suited to cold-cool temperatures in full sun or part shade. Prefers well-drained fertile soil. Frost tolerant, but drought sensitive. Propagate by seed or grafting.


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