Horse Chestnut Overview
Aesculus hippocastanum is a large, deciduous and spreading tree species from the Sapindaceae family. It forms a broad crown and produces large palmate leaves divided into 5-7 oblong leaflets with serrated edges. The foliage displays attractive autumn colouration, turning shades of red and brown in the autumn. Flowers are cream-white in colour, with attractive yellow spots which redden with age. It is best known for the big, spiny fruits, which are commonly known as Conkers. These appear in autumn and this plant is commonly known by the names Horse Chestnut and Conker Tree. This species grows easily and readily from seed, but can also be propagated by grafting. Prefers a deep fertile site in moist but well-drained soil, in a sunny location but is unfussy and will grow in most sites. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!