The Q&A Archives: Horse Chestnut

Question: Could you give me some information about a Horse Chestnut tree? Does it grow good in the St. Louis area. How tall, wide, good and bad points about it?

Answer: Aesculus hippocastanum, the common Horsechestnut, can grow 50'-70' in height, with a 40'-70' spread. It's a moderately fast growing tree (12'-14' over a 6-8 year period). Horsechestnut is hardy from zone 3-7, and will perform well in your gardening region. Because it's a huge tree at maturity, make sure you have plenty of space for it to grow. Give the tree full sunshine to light shade, and average, well-draining soil. Chestnut trees are attractive when in bloom and mature trunks have an interesting shaggy bark texture. Other than the ultimate size and enormous quantity of leaves it sheds in the autumn, the tree has no particular bad habits, disease or insect problems.

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