- BOTANICAL NAME: Aesculus hippocastanum
- PRONUNCIATION: ES-ku-lus hip-o-kas-TA-num
- COMMON NAME: Horse-chestnut
- FAMILY: Hippocastanaceae
- NATIVITY: Greece and Albania
- GROWTH HABIT: Upright, oval; 50'-75' tall x 30' x 40' wide. Medium growth rate.
- HARDINESS: Zone 3-7
- CULTURE: Full sun to light shade, in moist, well-drained soil. Planted extensively in coastal conditions and shows no salt injury.
- LANDSCAPE USE: Better on large areas and sometimes not usable on small properties. Transplants easily (may be taprooted). Messy tree.
- FOLIAGE: Opposite, palmately compound, 4"-10" long, 5-7 obovate leaflets. Flowers white and showy in
mid-May, quite attractive.
- BUDS: Prominent, resinous, and sticky. Large, terminal flower bud, very distinct.
- BARK: Exfoliates in gray plates to show orange-brown inner bark.
- FRUIT: Dehiscent spiny capsule about 2" in diameter.
- PROPAGATION: Seed.
- PESTS: Leaf scorch and leaf blotch, both of which nearly defoliate trees by fall.
- 'Baumannii' - Double white flowers, no fruit.