Aesculus hippocastanum - Common Horsechestnut - Norbert Frank, University of West Hungary, Bugwood.org
Aesculus hippocastanum - Common Horsechestnut - Norbert Frank, University of West Hungary, Bugwood.org

Common Horsechestnut

Aesculus hippocastanum

  • Upright, oval, rounded crown
  • Large buds are dark brown and quite sticky in early spring
  • Green compound leaves emerge in the spring, each with seven spreading, oblong leaflets
  • Large, upright. showy white flowers
  • Fruit(nut)when ripe, turns a dark mahogany-brown
  • Fall colour usually consists of undistinguished shades of yellow and brown
  • Bloom Time: Mid-spring

ZONE:
4

COLOUR:
White

HEIGHT:
18-20 m

SPREAD:
14-16 m

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:


The prickly seed pods on Aesculus hippocastanum can be messy. If this is a concern, choose other cultivars where the fruit is nearly absent, making them a better choice for planting.

Additional Notes about Common Horsechestnut:


Chestnuts and horsechestnut are in totally different families. Chestnuts (Castanea) are in the beech family (Fagaceae) and produce edible nuts. Horsechestnut and buckeyes (Aesculus) are in the soapberry family (Sapindaceae) and produce poisonous nuts.

Characteristics & Attributes


GROWTH RATE:
Medium
ATTRIBUTES:
Deciduous
Fall Color
FLOWERING TIME:
Spring
HABIT:
Rounded
Oval
FOLIAGE COLOR:
Green
LANDSCAPE USES:
Specimen