Sweet Chestnut - Castanea sativa


Large spreading tree to 30 metres. Leaves oblong, pointed and toothed, scaly beneath. Flowers yellowish green in erect or spreading catkins. Fruits 1 to 3 brown shiny nuts in a very spiny splitting husk.

Identification difficulty

Woodland, particularly on acid soils.

When to see it

Flowers July.

Life History

Deciduous tree.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 73 of the 617 tetrads.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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