Horse Chestnut

Aesculus hippocastanum

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This large spreading tree has large palmate leaves and is best known for its seeds (conkers) in autumn and its sticky brown buds in spring. This species grows easily and readily from seed, but can also be propagated by grafting.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Seeds are collected in autumn for recreational use.

Propagation

Seed

Plant in autumn into gritty compost exposed to winter weather but protected from mice.

Special features

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

Eurasia

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

A low maintenance tree used in parks and large gardens to provide architectural focal points. The seeds have been used in traditional medicines as an ingredient in creams to improve the circulation.

Personality

Family

Sapindaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White

Scent

None

Problems

Can get horse chestnut scale , leaf-mining moths (Cameraria ohridella) and suffer from canker, Coral spot and leaf spot (Guugnadia aesculi) problems
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