Sweet chestnuts (Castanea sativa) are not technically natives, but it is thought they were possibly introduced by the Romans who ground the chestnuts to make flour.
Sweet chestnuts make fine medium-sized trees, producing long straight trunks and a canopy covered with the familiar long pointed glossy green leaves, with serrated edges and prominent veins. The flowers are not as showy as the horse chestnut (not actually a close relation, despite the name), but are long, very pale yellow catkins with male flowers at the top and a female flower at the base. If pollinated the female flower will develop into the familiar red-brown fruit, encased in a bright green spiky coat - although trees need to be at least 15 years old before they start to bear fruit, so be patient!
Grown in Yorkshire.
With a nursery of over 200 acres here in Pickering, in addition to roses, fruit trees and hedging we also grow a large range of ornamental and woodland trees. The species we offer vary from traditional woodland or native trees, to ornamental trees suitable for a small garden, offering a choice of blossom, foliage colour and berries to provide year round interest.
Giving specific height sizes for trees is a little like asking how long a peice of string is. Soil type, aspect and geographical location, as well as care and feeding, can make a huge difference to the ultimate height a tree can attain. As an example, we always find that the heights specified by the RHS (based in the south of the UK) are about 25% taller than we would expect the same tree to reach in Yorkshire. Instead we prefer to use the relative terms of 'small', 'medium' and 'large', to help you narrow down your choice. For more specific help, please email our team of professional nurserymen who will be only too happy to help. email@example.com