Sweet Chestnut Saplings

General Info Edible Fruit / Nuts, Wildlife Value
Area Coastal Areas
Soil Acidic
Type Screening
  Buy 11 or more bareroot plants and save

SIZES 1-10 11-5051-250251-10001001+
  Prices include VAT(where applicable)

OUT OF STOCK Sweet chestnuts are now only sold in larger standard sizes.


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Sweet Chestnut, Castanea sativa, is a large, vigorous tree with good autumn colour and edible nuts. It will grow on any well-drained soil apart from chalk.

Sweet Chestnut is not suitable for a clipped hedge.
It can be grown as a screening tree up to about 30 metres high. It is a good, tall windbreak tree and is ideal for coppicing.

Browse all of our other varieties of Chestnut trees.

Sweet Chestnut plants are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March).

Choosing a size:
When you are ordering a large quantity of Sweet Chestnut for a big planting project, we suggest that you buy smaller plants, graded at 40/60cms or 60/80cms. They are cheaper than large plants, easier to handle and more likely to cope well with poor conditions.
Use the larger, 120/150cms tall plants if you are just buying a few or if you want tall trees quickly.
All of our young trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).

General description of Castanea sativa plants:
Sweet chestnut is a vigorous, deciduous tree with glossy green, lance head shaped leaves that have toothed edges and turn a smoked gold colour in autumn. Its yellow catkins are pollinated by bees and ripen into eating chestnuts in early winter, which are at their best after being roasted over a fire.
Old trees will develop monstrously thick, spreading branches and beautiful bark with a lattice of crossing ridges, but for the first hundred years or so of their lives, they will usually grow straight upwards with a fairly narrow canopy.

History & uses of Castanea sativa:
This is a very long-lived tree that is great for coppicing. Most of the oldest, most magnificent old sweet chestnuts were coppiced in the past, which greatly adds to their lifespan and character: the oldest trees may be up to 4,000 years old. The timber is good for stakes and outdoor furniture, as the wood is very resistant to rotting. However, once a trunk or branch grows to over 50cms in width, it will tend to split when it is sawn into planks.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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