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Aesculus hippocastanum

Horse chestnut

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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour

Pink, White, Peach


Flowers, Fruit



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Plant details

A superb tree with lots of advantages. It will grow in any soil, is absolutely huge, and has wonderful white flowers at the end of spring, running into early summer, when it is definitely at its best. The flowers are followed by masses of conkers inside their spiny shells. There are alternatives but this species is still the best, and it has been given the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Family: Hippocastanaceae

Genus: Aesculus

Species: hippocastanum

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Pink, White, Peach

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 2500cm

Spread: 2500cm

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