Castanea sativa ‘Variegata' ('Aureomarginata')
Common name: Variegated sweet chestnut, Spanish chestnut
Castanea sativa ‘Variegata’ ('Aureomarginata') is a small deciduous tree which produces chestnuts in the autumn. Its canoe-shaped variegated leaves are gentle on the eye. They have a creamy, irregular margin, and the whole tree seems to disappear in certain light. It is a medium-sized tree and grows slowly. If the summer is hot enough, this tree will produce edible nuts. Ours was planted in 1993 in bed 32T and is the only one in the garden.
Text and photos by Hughie Jones