Aesculus hippocastanum

Scientific name: Aesculus hippocastanum


Common names: “Horse chestnut”

Plant Type: Deciduous tree


Zone: 3-8

Light: Full sun best – part shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Deep fertile

Moisture: Moist well drained


Plant Size: H 50-80′, even 120′ W 40-70′

Leaf and Stem shape: Muscular rounded tree with large palmate leaves

Flower: Creamy white flowers in upright conical panicles from April – May, followed by brown nuts in spiny fruit in Autumn

Pruning: Minimal, DDD’s

Maintenance: Low or high depending on location, in city roadside plantings they are very high maintenance

Landscape use: Roadside plantings, deciduous forest, too large for most gardens

Propagate: By seed and cuttings

Pests & Disease: Can get leaf scorch

Comments: Sticky brown opposite buds in winter make it easy to ID, not the edible chestnut, deep shade and shallow vigorous roots make it difficult to garden underneath


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