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Sweet Chestnut tree is an extremely long-lived, fast growing and a stately tree which is native to Britain. Sweet Chestnut trees usually grow to around 8 meters after 10 years, to 12 meters after 20 years and the total height grows to around 35 meters after many years, they can live for up to 700 years.
The branches of the tree spread widely if they are simply left to grow, if they are heavily trimmed they can form into small bushes.
The leaves of the chestnut tree are some of the longest leaves found In the UK and measure at 10-25cm in their length. The leaves will turn a golden yellow then to orange in autumn.
The catkins can be found in July, there are both male and female flowers. The female flowers mature into spikey green fruits which can contain 1 to 3 excellent chestnuts when matured. The trees bark is dark brown and has deep vertical cracks which spiral up the tree.
The Sweet Chestnut is often found in the southern areas of Europe, Mediterranean and Asia Minor, it was first introduced and grown in the UK by the Romans. It grows very well on light and acidic soils, it dislikes chalky and heavy soil and is very drought resistant.
The bark of the tree is very useful, it is 20% lighter than oak. It can be used outdoors for fencing without having to be treated even if it is in contact with damp soil conditions. The bark can also be used indoors for panelling and beams.
Rootstock: It's Own
Flowering Group: Self-Fertile
Years until fruiting from planting: 2-4
Age of tree at despatch: 2
Height at full growth: 35m/115ft
In order to ensure a good pollination pick fruit trees from within the same or from adjacent flowering groups.
The vast majority of the trees we ship have been pruned and will appear trimmed.
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Our products are all grown with the utmost care and to high standards of quality. We regularly check our nursery stock to determine exactly when they will be at the optimum time for despatch.
We despatch our fresh, nursery-grown live plants (including vegetables, trees and flowers) when they are at a stage of growth ready for you, the customer, to plant on at home.
The delivery period shown on your order confirmation indicates when you can expect to receive your order and we will endeavour to despatch your plants in this period within 7-14 days.
Please note – due to increased courier costs beyond our control, delivery charges to all non-UK Mainland addresses including Scottish Highlands & Islands may be subject to a postage surcharge.
Please call our Customer Service Team on 0344 573 8400 for further information.