Frank P Matthews
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There are several named varieties of sweet chestnut trees, selected for the large size and superior quality of their nuts, among which we consider our range to be suitable for the UK, certainly in southern areas. The varieties we grow are generally early to harvest from late September onwards. Fruiting should begin within two – four years of planting.
The botanical name for chestnut trees is Castanea sativa. Spanish castanets are often made from the hard wood of the tree. Happier planted on light soils. The fruits need to be cooked before they’re eaten and will explode unless scored first – nature’s big popcorn! Harvest the nuts daily to avoid attention of hungry vermin.
They are also a traditional wood used for fencing and coppicing.
Shiny, mahogany brown coloured nuts. Mid to late season cropping. Partially self-fertile. Good pollen producer and pollinator.
Mid-season hybrid variety, upright with moderate vigour, shiny, dark mahogany-red nuts. Good for eating and cooking.
An early mid-season hybrid. Vigorous with large mahogany-red nuts that stores well. Good for eating and cooking.
A late season variety. Produces shiny, dark mahogany large nuts in early autumn which are very good in quality.
This is an early variety with large, dark brown marron nuts. Pick in Late September. Partially self-fertile.
A good mid-season fruiting clone bearing at a very early age. Dark brown nuts arrive in September.
Produces a good crop of large, high quality brown nuts with good storage life. Delicious roasted and in sauces.
Shiny green leaves and fragrant blossom in summer, delicious brown nuts in October. More compact than other Sweet Chestnuts.