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Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut)

Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut)

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Type Tree, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Compact Rounded Tree
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours White Flowers (Summer), Medium green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Aesculus hippocastanum - Cultivation Notes

The native horse chestnut will grow on most moist fertile soils in all but the most exposed locations and will quickly become a large deciduous tree. It is best grown in full sun as a specimen, often out growing and shading out the average urban garden. Conkers come as a bonus but can be difficult to collect and compost.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Aesculus hippocastanum:

  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Aesculus hippocastanum

  • Invasive top growth

Design & Plant Use for Aesculus hippocastanum:

  • Tall summer flowering shrub suitable for back of border planting

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Common Missspellings: Asculus, Isculus, Aisculus, Assculus, Esculus