AESCULUS californica

Commonly known as California buckeye, California horse chestnut

Fragrant white flower spikes with a pink tint in late summer. A low spreading tree which has performed well here
Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    5- to 7-palmate, mid-green leaves divided into narrowly ovate leaflets 10cm (4in) or more long
  • White
  • Height
    8m (26ft)
  • Spread
    10m (33ft)
  • Tree
    Spreading, short-trunked tree. Produces flowers with long, protruding stamens followed by rough-skinned fruit.
  • Hardy - cold winter
    Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun

AESCULUS californica

Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
£25.00 each 
Delivery Information Estimated availability autumn 2022
plant size comparison icon 1.5 to 2 Litre


  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    An 1850s introduction by Cornish plant hunter William Lobb (1809-1864).
    Pests & Diseases
    Scale insects, canker, coral spot, leaf blotch.
    Place of origin
    USA (California)
  • Flower Shape
    Dense cylindrical panicles to 20cm (8in) tall
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf form
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Toxic - Category C
    Harmful if eaten
    (People & Pets)
  • Tree Shape
    Rounded to broadly spreading
8m (26ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  10m (33ft)

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