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Castanea sativa 'Albomarginata' (v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green, White and Variegated in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

more than 50 years


Preferred common name

sweet chestnut 'Albomarginata'

Family

Fagaceae


Castanea are fast-growing and large deciduous trees or large shrubs, with long, toothed leaves and conspicuous yellow catkins followed by spiny fruits

'Albomarginata' is a vigorous deciduous tree with toothed, lance-shaped leaves to 25cm long, margined with creamy-white, and pale yellow catkins in early summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained slighty acid loamy soil in full sun or part shade; tolerant of dry sandy soils

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed in mid autumn (cultivars will not come true from seed), hardwood cuttings from early to mid winter, budding from mid to late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

Susceptible to chestnut blight, honey fungus and phytophthora root rot. Fungal brackets may develop on the trunk and infected trees may become unstable