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A picture of a Chestnut


Castanea spp.

Also known as

Sweet chestnut, Chinkapin

Castanea sativa - Sweet chestnut, Giresun 2016 01-2 by Zeynel Cebeci (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A Castanea tree in the middle of a lush green forest
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A photo of Chestnut
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Chestnut Overview

Castanea is a genus containing around 10 species of hardy deciduous shrubs and trees native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere, commonly known as Chestnuts. They are typically grown for their foliage, catkin style flowers and edible chestnut fruits and make good specimen trees. Leaves are simple, oval in shape, around 10-30cm long and 4-10cm wide with pointed, wide-toothed margins and shallow waves in between the points.

How to propagate Chestnut


You can propagate the species by seeds in the autumn.


The cultivars are propagated by budding in the summer.


Grafting in late winter.

Other uses of Chestnut

Grown for their foliage, stately habit, flowers and edible fruits (chestnuts). Suitable for coastal conditions.

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