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common name: Sweet Chestnut, Spanish Chestnut
full sun, part shade
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 10
Large spreading tree, well known and cultivated for its edible fruits. The bark on older trees is deeply ridged in a spiral pattern. Glossy dark green leaves turning yellow in autumn. Spikes of creamy flowers in summer followed by spiny light green husks containing the brown chestnuts.
Grows particularly well in hot, dry areas. Needs fertile well drained soil. Dislikes shallow chalky soil.