Castanea sativa Tree

Sweet Chestnut Trees
  • From £49.99 (ex VAT)

Castanea sativa produces catkins in summer which turn into edible chestnuts in autumn. The chestnuts arrive in spiny, yellow/green jackets and are popular for roasting and also favoured by wildlife. Foliage is deeply serrated, large and dark green turning golden bronze before falling. This large ornamental tree, often called Sweet Chestnut or European Chestnut, is rounded in form with twisted, ribbed, retiform bark with age.

The wood of Castanea sativa is high in tannin, making it virtually rot proof, so the tree is often used for coppicing which it responds well to. It can be grown in most conditions but prefers a lighter soil and will not tolerate heavy lime in a soil. This magnificent Chestnut tree will grow to 10 x 6 meters in 20 years. It is often used in park lands or avenues and is worthy of a space in the larger garden.

AKA Sardian nut, European chestnut, Spanish chestnut, Common chestnut, Eurasian chestnut

  • Common name: Sweet chestnut tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 10 x 6 meters
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Dark green serrated leaves turn yellow in autumn
  • Soil: Prefers well-drained sites and loamy or sandy soils
  • Naturalised in the UK

Planting Advice for Castanea sativa Trees

Our pot grown Sweet Chestnut trees can be planted at any time of the year. Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees).

Gently loosen the tree roots and place into the planting hole. If your soil is poor, mix 50% of the original soil with 50% high quality compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting this tree with a stake and tie and, if your area is prone to rabbits, a rabbit guard. For further information, visit our advice section.

Aftercare Advice for Castanea sativa Trees

If you’re planting in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. Make sure to keep an eye on your young Sweet Chestnut tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Chestnuts can be harvested in autumn.

Pruning Advice for Castanea sativa Trees

Sweet chestnut trees do not require regular pruning. If you wish to tidy up your chestnut tree, do this during the dormant season. Focus on removing any damaged, diseased or overcrowded branches. If you require a clear trunk, remove any side shoots to help raise the crown.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more advice, please contact us.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

The product table below gives the sizes and forms offered for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary slightly).

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Castanea sativa Tree Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 120-150cm Root type: 10L pot Castanea sativa Tree Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 120-150cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
Castanea sativa Tree Form: Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 45L pot Castanea sativa Tree Price £159.99 (ex VAT)
Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth approx 3.0-3.5m 45L pot £159.99 (ex VAT)
Castanea sativa Tree Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 45L pot Castanea sativa Tree Price £179.99 (ex VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot £179.99 (ex VAT)
Castanea sativa Tree Form: Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth Supplied Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Root type: 45L pot Castanea sativa Tree Price £199.99 (ex VAT)
Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 45L pot £199.99 (ex VAT)
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)