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Horse Chestnut

Aesculus hippocastanum

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This large spreading tree has large palmate leaves and is best known for it's seeds (conkers) in autumn and it's sticky brown buds in spring.

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.
Notes
Grows easily & readily from seed but can also be propagated by grafting.

Special features

Geography

Origin
Eurasia

Environment

Light
Full Sun, 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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