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Horsechestnut

Aesculus hippocastanum

Trail Number:
G21

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Description

Family:
Sapindaceae

Foliage:
Leaves opposite, palmately compound with 5-7 leaflets, 5-10 inches long. Spiny capsules contain large seeds. Terminal buds are very sticky

Native Locale:
Balkans, Greece

Mature Height:
50 to 75 feet

Mature Width:
40 to 65 feet

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 3 to 8

Soil Preference:
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils. Prefers moist, fertile soils

Growth Habit:
n/a

Rate of Growth:
Significant common problems leaf blotch, powdery mildew, anthracnose. Watch for bagworms, Japanese beetles and borers are infrequent but potentially troublesome. Leaf scorch may occur in droughty conditions on sites exposed to wind

Disease and Insect:
n/a

Landscape Value:
n/a

Additional Notes:

  • Should be planted in parks, golf courses, and open areas. Large, white flowers in spring. Fruits have been fed to horses.

Photos

Leaf - HorsechestnutSummer - HorsechestnutSummer '08 - HorsechestnutSummer '08 Leaf - Horsechestnut