Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 50-75ft (upright oval-rounded crown)
Plant Spread: 40-65ft
Leaves: Deciduous
Other: Light green palmate compound leaves emerge in spring, each with 7 (less frequently 5) spreading ovate-oblong leaflets to 4-10 long. Leaves mature to dark green in summer.
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: White with red or yellow markings
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Near Threatened (NT)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Near Threatened
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A Cold Snap Stops Everything for a WeekA Cold Snap Stops Everything for a Week
April 11, 2010

Everybody seemed happy in the sun. Instead of looking down at the ground on their way to work, people held their heads high and were stopping to look at the wonderful spring flowers. Then it became overcast and the rain started; cold days and very cold nights set in for a week. On Monday morning we all awoke to clear blue skies; the sun came out, and everything was suddenly happy once again.

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Location: Gent, BelgiumDate: 2010-05-07
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Location: The Ardennes, BelgiumDate: 2016-11-05
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Location: Glen Ellyn, IllinoisDate: 2010-08-18three trees in park together
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Location: Glen Ellyn, IllinoisDate: May in the 1980'sfoliage and flower clusters
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Location: The Ardennes, BelgiumDate: 2016-11-04
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Location: Glen Ellyn, IllinoisDate: May in the 1980'sfull-grown tree in bloom
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Location: Glen Ellyn, IllinoisDate: 2014-08-13tree in park with Leaf Blotch Fungus damaged foliage
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Location: Glen Ellyn, IllinoisDate: 2010-08-18foliage and capsule fruit
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Location: Czech rep-SiremDate: 4000-02-09
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Location: Czech rep-SiremDate: 2015-02-09
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Location: Czech rep-SiremDate: 2015-02-09branch pipe
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Location: CZ-PragueDate: 2009-06-14Photo courtesy of: ironammonite
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Location: CZ SiremDate: 2015-05-07
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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 22, 2012 2:35 PM

Honey bees get nectar, red pollen and honeydew from this plant.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jul 31, 2018 8:06 PM

The Common Horsechestnut is native to southeastern Europe. I saw it planted a lot in Germany, Austria, and France in 1981, as it is common all over Europe. It is occasionally planted in the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic, the upper South, and the Midwest of the US. One can find a few at estates, well-to-do neighborhoods, and parks. Some large, diverse, conventional nurseries sell some. It is a handsome, good quality tree, though it is messy with its fallen capsules and seed, fallen twigs, and lot of leaves that often fall in late summer due to damage from the Buckeye Leaf Blotch Disease. The fungus does not kill trees, but discolours the foliage to drop early, being the most damaging during springs with cool, wet weather. It grows larger than the similar Ohio or Yellow Buckeye trees of eastern North America, usually about 40 to 50 feet high, bears larger palmately compound leaves with 7 leaflets, larger flower clusters of mostly white flowers, and larger, spiny capsules with larger buckeyes inside.

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Tranplanted once to present site. Flowered once since
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