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Aesculus hippocastanum

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Norbert Frank, University of West Hungary, Bugwood.org

Norbert Frank, University of West Hungary, Bugwood.org

More About Aesculus hippocastanum

  • Upright, oval, rounded crown
  • Large buds are dark brown and quite sticky in early spring
  • Green compound leaves emerge in the spring, each with seven spreading, oblong leaflets
  • Large, upright. showy white flowers
  • Fruit(nut)when ripe, turns a dark mahogany-brown
  • Fall colour usually consists of undistinguished shades of yellow and brown
  • Bloom Time: Mid-spring

Interesting Notes:

Chestnuts and horsechestnut are in totally different families. Chestnuts (Castanea) are in the beech family (Fagaceae) and produce edible nuts. Horsechestnut and buckeyes (Aesculus) are in the soapberry family (Sapindaceae) and produce poisonous nuts.

Zone:

4

Height:

18-20 m

Spread:

14-16 m

Colour:

White
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Common Horsechestnut Growing and Maintenance Tips

The prickly seed pods on Aesculus hippocastanum can be messy. If this is a concern, choose other cultivars where the fruit is nearly absent, making them a better choice for planting.


Aesculus hippocastanum Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Hummingbirds
Attracts Hummingbirds
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Fall Color
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Spring

Habit

Oval
Rounded

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Specimen

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