Plant ID forum: What is this?

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tobina
Jun 9, 2017 2:20 PM CST
This plant is about 3 feet tall. I have no idea if it is a weed or not, but I like it and am keeping it. Does anyone know what it is?
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Silversurfer
Jun 9, 2017 2:38 PM CST
Looks like Aesculus sp.
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islander
Jun 9, 2017 3:06 PM CST
I agree possibly Chinese Chestnut. Are there any Chestnut trees nearby?
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sooby
Jun 9, 2017 3:14 PM CST
It does look like Aesculus (horsechestnut or buckeye). Chinese chestnut is a Castanea and has simple rather than compound leaves.
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islander
Jun 9, 2017 3:39 PM CST
Then I guess I should have said Chinese Horse Chestnut (Aesculus chinensis). I forgot the horse.
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sooby
Jun 9, 2017 4:52 PM CST
islander said:Then I guess I should have said Chinese Horse Chestnut (Aesculus chinensis). I forgot the horse.


It's not a common tree in North America according to Missouri Botanical Garden (although we don't know where the ID plant is located either), but why A. chinensis as opposed to the more common Aesculus? Mobot has some pics of Chinese horse chestnut here:

http://www.missouribotanicalga...

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islander
Jun 9, 2017 5:37 PM CST
It is a very common weed tree here. Maybe it's something else but it looks like a Chinese Horse Chestnut to me.
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tobina
Jun 9, 2017 5:44 PM CST
Thank you all for your help! It does appear to be an aesculus. I live in Oregon, USA. We moved into the house a few months ago and are trying to figure out what we have growing here. I'm going to need to transplant it as it is growing in between fences about 5 feet apart and will soon outgrow its space. Any tips on transplanting it? I'm new to gardening and want to learn as much as possible.

I haven't noticed any other plants/bushes/trees with similar leaves in the area. It is possible the last owners planted it.
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sooby
Jun 9, 2017 6:02 PM CST
islander said:It is a very common weed tree here. Maybe it's something else but it looks like a Chinese Horse Chestnut to me.


Wouldn't that more likely be Aesculus hippocastanum?

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sooby
Jun 9, 2017 8:22 PM CST
tobina said:I'm going to need to transplant it as it is growing in between fences about 5 feet apart and will soon outgrow its space. Any tips on transplanting it? I'm new to gardening and want to learn as much as possible.


If you can avoid it, I would not move it now. I would move it in the spring before it expands its new leaves.

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DaisyI
Jun 9, 2017 11:55 PM CST
California Buckeye (Aesculus californica) is native to Southwest Oregon. But that looks more like the leaves of an American Buckeye (Aesculus glabra).
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Silversurfer
Jun 10, 2017 2:07 AM CST
To my eye the leaves of Aesculus glabra are slimmer...not so fat.

http://treeplantflowerid.com/d...

Aesculus californica leaves don't look a good match either.

http://www.missouribotanicalga...

Aesculus hippocastanum leaves have the right fat, crinkled, rugged leaves.

http://www.tree-guide.com/imag...

But to be positive it would help to see the flowers!

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