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Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse chestnut)

Skill rating
Beginner
skill rating
Maintenance level
1 hour care
per year
Ultimate height
15m
Max height
Ultimate spread
12m
Max spread
Time to maturity
20-50 years
To maturity
Toxic - Ingestion may cause severe discomfort.
Low
Toxicity

Botanical name: Aesculus hippocastanum

Other names: Horse chestnut

Genus: Aesculus

Species: A. hippocastanum - A. hippocastanum is a vigorous, spreading rounded, deciduous tree with palmately-lobed mid green leaves that turn yellow, red or orange in autumn. It bears large white flowers in summer followed by spiny brown chestnuts.


Aesculus hippocastanum is: Deciduous

Flower: White, Yellow in Spring

Foliage: Dark-green in Summer; Reddish-brown in Autumn

Tree shape: Broad crowned

Toxicity: Ingestion may cause severe discomfort.

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Watch out for

Specific pests: Horse chestnut scale , Leaf mining moths

Specific diseases: Coral spot , Canker , Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods: Grafting, Seed. REGISTER to read more...


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Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse chestnut) will reach a height of 15m and a spread of 12m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses: Low Maintenance, Wildlife, Architectural, Specimen tree

Cultivation: Grow in well-drained soil. Large tree only really suitable for very large gardens.

Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)


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