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botanical name:
Castanea sativa
Castanea sativa © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Sweet Chestnut, Spanish Chestnut
family:  Fagaceae
characteristics: tree
height: 30.00m
width: 15.00m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: broad headed
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: cream
fruit colour: light green
stem/bark: brown
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 10
description:
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.

cultivation:
Grows particularly well in hot, dry areas. Needs fertile well drained soil. Dislikes shallow chalky soil.

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