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Castanea sativa Tree

Sweet Chestnut Trees

from From £49.99 (ex. VAT)
( £59.99 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

This large ornamental tree produces catkins in summer which turn into edible chestnuts in autumn. The chestnuts are popular with wildlife, and arrive in spiny, yellow/green jackets. Foliage is deeply serrated, large and dark green turning golden bronze before falling. The tree itself 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. The Sweet Chestnut will not tolerate heavy lime in a soil so this should be avoided. This magnificent 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

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10L pot 120-150cm Single stem £49.99 (ex. VAT)
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Please note: Sunday 17th December is the last order date for Christmas delivery (excludes pleached and mature trees which have an earlier deadline).

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team. Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order, with many being despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours. To be on the safe side allow up to 10 working days for despatch. These trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your delivery. You can give instructions on where to leave it via the checkout or send us an email (sales@ornamental-trees.co.uk).

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 help unloading the trees.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure at no extra charge, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to 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 with a height of 1.5-2 metres) 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 trees, pleached trees or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy as many trees as you want for the same delivery cost and so it can work out to be economical.

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 and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice for Castanea Sativa trees

When planting Sweet Chestnut trees, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown Sardian nut trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around, inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the 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 as this can cause problems.

We recommend planting any ornamental tree with a stake and tie, to see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Sweet Chestnut trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young 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 also 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. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Castanea Sativa trees

European chestnut trees do not require regular pruning. If you wish to tidy up your Spanish 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.

Castanea sativa Tree (Sweet Chestnut Trees) Description

  • 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