This deciduous bushy tree is valued for both its nuts and timber. It responds well to coppicing, making good hedging. Believed to have been introduced to Britain by the Romans, the sweet chestnut is a strong, classic variety.
- Flower Colour: yellow catkins
- Foliage Colour: green turning to russet brown in autumn
- Approx. Growth Height: higher than 12m (40ft)
- Flowering Period: summer
- Tolerance: drought tolerant, frost resistant
- Growing Habit: spreading
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Exposure: exposed, sheltered
- Rate of Growth: fast
- Final Size if Untrimmed: large tree
- Wildlife: attracts bees and other insects.
- Arrives bare-root at a height of 45-60cm (1'6"-2ft)
- Light Requirements: full sun
- Soil Requirements: loam, sand, acidic, neutral
- Moisture: prefers well-drained soil
- Planting Distance: 60-75cm (2ft-2’6”)
Sweet Chestnut can be planted from November to March, when the hedge is dormant. Ensure that the area where you are going to plant the hedge is clear and weed-free.
Caring and Maintenance
Should be pruned in winter, just after planting, and for two years after that. On planting, cut back leading shoots and side shoots by one-third, cutting to a well placed bud. Repeat this in the second winter to prevent straggly growth and thicken up the hedge base. Then trim every June after that.
Maintain at 90-180cm (3-6ft) or as taller hedges or screens.