AESCULUS chinensis

Commonly known as Buckeye, Chinese horse chestnut

Small white flowers in long racemes on this slow growing and rare species
Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    5-palmate, occasionally 7-palmate, glossy, mid-green leaves composed of narrowly oblong, finely pointed leaflets 20cm (8in) or more long.
  • White
  • Height
    15m (50ft)
  • Spread
    10m (33ft)
  • Tree
    Slow-growing, spreading tree. Produces flowers with 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
    Prefers a hot, but not dry, site.

AESCULUS chinensis



  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Possibly a cultivated form similar to 'wilsonii'. Frequently found near Chinese temples.
    Pests & Diseases
    Scale insects, canker, coral spot, leaf blotch.
    Place of origin
    Northern China
  • Flower Shape
    Slender, cylindrical panicles to 30cm (12in) 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
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Toxic - Category C
    Harmful if eaten
    (People & Pets)
  • Tree Shape
    Rounded to broadly spreading
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
15m (50ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  10m (33ft)

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