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AESCULUS indica 'Sydney Pearce'

Commonly known as Buckeye, Indian horse chestnut

Large panicles of white flowers which are marked with yellow and suffused with pink to make an attractive display
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  • Deciduous - usually 7-palmate leaves, composed of obovate to lance-shaped leaflets, 30cm (12in) or more long, opening bronze and turning glossy, mid-green.
  • Yellow - suffused with pink
  • Height - 15m (50ft)
  • Spread - 15m (50ft)
  • Tree - spreading, rounded tree. Flowers are followed by smooth-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
  • Partial shade
  • Harmful if eaten - These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these.
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - wildlife plant - nectar and pollen for insects.
  • Pests & Diseases - scale insects, canker, coral spot, leaf blotch.
  • Place of origin - north western Himalayas. Garden origin. UK. 1935. A selection by Sydney Pearce, Assistant Curator of the arboretum at Kew.
  • Flower Shape - Panicles - - cylindrical panicles 30-40cm (12-16in) tall
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Leaf form - Palmate - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Lanceolate - see photos above
  • Obovate
  • 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
  • Seasonal Interest - Spring -
  • Summer
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil -
  • Tree Shape - Rounded to broadly spreading -
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly -
15m (50ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  15m (50ft)

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