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Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse chestnut)

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Plant description

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The horse chestnut is a lovely deciduous specimen tree for large gardens, parks and farms. It produces a lovely display of white panicles of flowers that are attractively marked with yellow aging to pink in late spring to summer. It is a vigorous, spreading rounded shaped tree, densely branched.

The horse chestnut grows best in deep, moist, well drained soils. It doesn't tolerate dry conditions. It is susceptible to leaf scorch if stressed. All parts of the plant will cause stomach upset if eaten.

In Britain and Ireland, the nuts of the horse chestnut are used for the childrens game of conkers. 

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: White, pink
Flowering season: spring summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 13 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 11 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
High frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 4-8

Diseases

Powdery mildew, scale, canker

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: All.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose.

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