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Aesculus hippocastanum/Horse Chestnut

Aesculus hippocastanum / Aesculus hippocastanum
Spring flowers
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Spring flowers


Mature tree in flower

Candlestick-like flower spikes and foliage



A very tall specimen

Fruit in late spring

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Scientific Name: Aesculus hippocastanum
Common Name: Horse Chestnut
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 40 - 50 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White, Multicolored
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Trees, Fruiting
Comments: This large shade tree is over used, particlarly on small residental properties. It is a messy tree when it drops nuts. Best adapted for parts of the country with moderate temperatures. Not well adapted for the lower coastal south. Very popular tree in European landscapes especially in large parks and other public green spaces.