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A picture of a Indian Horse Chestnut

Indian Horse Chestnut

Aesculus indica

Also known as

Himalayan Horse Chestnut

Aesculus indica Sydney Pearce by Steve Law (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

18m

Max

18m

12m

Min

12m

50 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A photo of Indian Horse Chestnut
A photo of Indian Horse Chestnut

Overview

Aesculus indica is a large, deciduous tree species from the Sapindaceae family. It forms a rounded habit with a spreading crown, generally growing to smaller and more elegantly than the Horse Chestnut, Aesculus hippocastanum, with very attractive flower spikes and good leaf colour. It produces shiny leaves divided into oblong leaflets, coloured bronze upon emergence, developing to a mid-green shade with age. Commonly known as Indian Horse Chestnut or Himalayan Horse Chestnut. Flowers are broadly white in colour, with attractive yellow spots and pink flushing, appearing from mid0-summer. Lead onto non-spiny fruits, termed Chestnuts. 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!

Common problems

Can suffer from canker and leaf spot (Guugnadia aesculi) problems.

Harvesting

Seeds are generally harvested in autumn for recreational use.

Propagation

Seed

Grafting

Special Features

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves

Attracts useful insects

Autumn colour

Uses

A low maintenance tree planted in parks & large gardens for architectural focal points.