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The Sweet Chestnut tree, Castanea sativa, is large, with a stout trunk and strong, fairly short main branches that create a shaggy canopy that starts quite close to the ground. It produces edible nuts and will grow on any well drained soil apart from chalk.
Sweet Chestnut trees can reach a height of about 30 metres.
Standard trees are the largest size that we deliver; you can also buy younger Sweet Chestnut saplings here.
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How Standard Trees are Measured:
All the plants in the ornamental trees section are graded as standards, which means that they are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level (basically, their trunk's waist measurement). They aren't measured by their height, which will vary. So, a 6/8 standard has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8 centimetres and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10 centimetres around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
Standard trees are 2 - 3.5 metres tall (on average) when they arrive; they are the most mature trees that you can buy from us. We cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.
General description of Sweet Chestnut trees:
The is a rugged, deciduous tree has lush, glossy, lance head shaped leaves that turn bronze-gold in autumn. It produces pale yellow catkins in July which are pollinated by bees and ripen into eating chestnuts in early winter.
Sweet chestnut is an excellent parkland or woodland specimen. It is a very long lived tree and old specimens can be exceptionally beautiful, with thick, spreading branches and intricately ridge bark. In our lifetimes, a newly planted sweet chestnut will usually grow straight and tall, with a fairly narrow canopy.
History & uses of Castanea sativa:
This tree was hugely important to the Roman Empire, which was responsible for increasing its native range all over the Old World and introducing it to Britain some 2,000 years ago. Sweet chestnut porridge was the staple diet of Roman soldiers on campaign.
In Sicily there is an ancient sweet chestnut that is thought to be over 2,000 years old, called the Castagnu de Centu Cavaddi, The Chestnut of One Hundred Horses, which refers to legend about a Spanish queen and her company of 100 knights taking shelter under this massive tree in a storm.
The timber is strong and durable enough for outdoor use.
All the accessories you need to plant a large tree, i.e. any Ornamental Standard or Bush or Half-Standard fruit tree.
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