The spikey cased nut and bright green foliage of Castanea sativa
The spikey cased nut and bright green foliage of Castanea sativa
A scaled, medium sized specimen of Castanea sativa
A mature specimen of Castanea sativa in an urban environment
Medium sized Castanea sativa on the Barcham Trees nursery
Medium Sweet Chestnut from this batch

Castanea sativa

Sweet Chestnut

Estimated fully grown height 20m+

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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire - or bought piping hot from a street vendor - Castanea sativa is so evocative of Christmas long ago!

Castanea sativa is a large, majestic tree which won the Award of Garden Merit in 2002.

The Sweet Chestnut tree has long, glossy leaves which are well ridged and bright green. In the summer time the tree becomes laden with male and female catkins which are creamy in colour and contrast remarkably with the bright, glossy green leaves. In the autumn time the leaves turn golden brown before falling, accompanied by the spikey cream husks that contain the sweet chestnuts nuts; get to them before the squirrels do!

This large chestnut tree has spiralling, rough bark at maturity which is grey brown and extremely interesting, with the tree taking on a statuesque appearance and a broadly oval crown at maturity. Castanea sativa does best on reasonably dry, light soils and is moderately tolerant of lime.

This stunning specimen tree can be planted singularly and also makes a superb candidate for avenue planting. With the decreasing health of Horse Chestnut in the UK, Castanea sativa may be a good second choice for avenue planting in stately homes.

Mature height: 20m+

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Avenue, Parkland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Chalk/Alkaline, Well drained,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree

Planting Video

Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.