The chestnut tree is widely used to give shade in large areas. The leaves will change color in the fall, which is a large draw for many people. Chestnut trees do produce acorns, which may attract certain wildlife creatures. You can have a chestnut tree in your backyard if certain needs of the tree can be met.
Almost every area in the United States can support the growth of chestnut trees, with zones 4 through 8 the most promising. Certain areas of California, Texas, Arizona, Louisiana, Florida and Minnesota may be too hot or cold for the tree to survive.
The chestnut tree may grow to 60 or 70 feet in height.
The spread of a chestnut tree may get as large as 60 to 70 feet across.
Chestnut trees do best in full sunlight.
Chestnut trees grow well in various soil types. Acidic, moist, sandy and rich soils are all great for chestnut trees.
The leaves of a chestnut tree are green-yellow and change to orange-yellow and brown-yellow in the autumn. The leaves may be 4 to 6 inches in length.