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Commonly known as Buckeye, Horse chestnut
The horse chestnut, or buckeye, is a genus of about 15 species of deciduous trees and shrubs from southeastern Europe, the Himalayas, eatern Asia and North America.
Striking for their large flower spikes in candles most are too large for average gardens and are popular street and park trees.
The common "hippocastanum" was brought into the UK from Turkey in the late 16th century.
They provide nectar and pollen for insects, particularly bees, and the fruit "conker" is eaten by mammals.
Deciduous - trees and shrubs
Harmful if eaten - These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these.
Additional Features - Good to know - specimen trees for large gardens. A. parviflora is suitable for a medium-sized garden. Large candles of attractive flowers and spiny or smooth-skinned fruit.
Pests & Diseases - scale insects, canker, coral spot, leaf blotch.
Place of origin - south eastern Europe, Himalayas, North America, eastern Asia.
Soil Conditions - Alkaline / Chalk loving
Fertile moist well-drained soil
Wildlife - Bee friendly
- How to plant/move a shrub
- How to plant/move a shrub - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Fertisiling shrubs - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Mulching - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Pruning a shrub - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Summer propagation - Video Tip ondemand_video
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- Self-sown seedlings - Video Tip ondemand_video