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
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.
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
Moist to Average
Average to Dry Soils