Description: Aesculus hippocastanum, also known as the Common Horse Chestnut is possibly the most beautiful of very large, flowering trees. Sticky buds progress to large bright green palmate leaves, turning yellow and orange-brown in autumn. Exceptionally attractive in May when large white ‘candle’ flowers cover the tree with a unique scent. Rounded, spiny green husks enclose one or two shiny brown ‘conkers’ in the autumn that are a childrens favourite for games! Suitable as a specimen in large gardens and parks. Susceptible to the ‘Chestnut Leaf Miner’. TOXIC IF EATEN.
History: Introduced into Europe in 1576 and to Britain in the early 17th Century. Received an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.
Growing Tips: Most varieties require a lot of space to grow. Thrive in almost any well drained soils. Prefer to be planted in full sun or partial shade.
Height and Spread (after 10 years): 12m x 8m
Common name: Horse chestnut
Needs well-draining site
Suitable for open space planting
Tree size after 10 years - Large
Fruit for wildlife
Can be hard pruned
Flowering month - May
- BrandFrank Matthews - Trees for Life
- AspectNorth-facing, East-facing, South-facing, West-facing
- Attractive to WildlifeAttractive to Bees, Attractive to Birds, Attractive to Wildlife
- Flower ColourWhite
- Flower FormPaniculate
- Flowering MonthMay
- Foliage ColourGreen, Orange, Yellow
- Foliage TypeDeciduous
- Fruit ColourBrown
- Garden StyleArchitectural, City & Courtyard Garden, Cottage & Informal Garden, Wildlife Garden, Woodland Garden
- Hardiness (RHS rating)H7 colder than -20ºC. Very hardy
- MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained
- pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
- Plant HabitSpreading / Branched, Standard
- Plant TypeTree
- Pot Size12L, 12L
- Season of InterestSpring, Summer, Autumn
- Soil TypeChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
- Special AttributesAttractive Foliage, Autumn Foliage Colour, Berries or Fruit, Easy to Grow, Low Maintenance, Scented Flowers
- Spread cm800cm
- SunlightFull Sun, Partial Shade
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