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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
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.

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