Belongs to: trees

Sweet chestnut Castanea sativa


Best time to see: all year

Key facts

A tall, spreading tree with rugged, grey-brown bark, becoming twisted as it ages; growing up to 30m

Long (up to 20cm) leaves are toothed, with soft spines; round spiny fruit follow long yellowish catkins

Introduced from southern Europe by the Romans and widely planted as a coppice tree, producing rot-proof stakes

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  • trunk
  • bud

Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Owen Keen

Photo © Owen Keen