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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.
DeciduousTrees and shrubs
Additional FeaturesGood to knowSpecimen 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 & DiseasesScale insects, canker, coral spot, leaf blotch.Place of originSouth eastern Europe, Himalayas, North America, eastern Asia.
Soil ConditionsAlkaline / Chalk lovingFertile moist well-drained soil
Toxic - Category CHarmful if eaten(People & Pets)
- Growing Aesculus
- Four horse chestnuts from Caerhays - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Aesculus wilsonii - Video Tip ondemand_video
- 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
- Taking semi-ripe cuttings -Video Tip ondemand_video
- Self-sown seedlings - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Trimming a shrub - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Weed spraying - Video Tip ondemand_video
Buy Varieties of AESCULUS
fragrant white flower spikes with a pink tint in late summer. A low spreading tree which has performed well here
deep rose-pink flowers on this form of the Red horse chestnut.
small white flowers in long racemes on this slow growing and rare species
yellow flowers and good autumn tints
large, upright panicles of pale-yellow flowers
bronze-purple spring leaves
white flowers, spiky 'horse chestnuts' (conkers)
large panicles of white flowers which are marked with yellow and suffused with pink to make an attractive display
upright panicles of apricot flowers with yellow markings. Good autumn colour
glowing red-orange leaves in autumn
red leaf stalks and leaves that unfold a spectacular cream and bright pink. They then become yellow and turn green by midsummer
rare spreading shrub growing up to 2.5 metres high & forming thickets from suckering. Good autumn colour
(A.splendens) - long upright panicles of deep crimson flowers. New leaves tinted bronze
new leaves tinted bronze. Upright panicles of pink-red flowers
a large quick growing tree with yellowish-white flowers with a red spot
a very rare tree with tall white flowers with a yellow centre which turns red. The original record tree at Caerhays is on its last legs after 100 years