Aesculus hippocastanum
Common Horsechestnut

 Plant Type:
 Deciduous / Evergreen:
Multi-Colored (Very showy terminal panicles of flowers with white petals, each with reddish-yellow marks at inner petal bases; spring)
Green (Coarse dark-green palmately compound (7 leaflets) foliage in summer); Brown (Fall color sometimes yellow, but usually more brown and poor)
Green (Prickly capsule in the fall; poisonous if ingested, containing 3-5% saponins)
 Ultimate Height:
50-75 feet
 Ultimate Spread:
40-70 feet
 Light Requirements:
Widely adaptable to soils, except those that are very dry
Greece and Albania
 Diagnostic Characteristics:
Opposite, palmately compound leaves usually have 7 sessile, serrate leaflets (4-10" long by 2-5" wide) with a rusty tomentose on the bottom. Petiole is 3-5" long. Huge shield-shaped leaf scars. Large sticky terminal buds are reddish-brown.

Additional Information

Widely adapted to soils and environments; however, very dry conditions must be avoided. Leaf blotch often disfigures foliage. Spiny fruits in autumn can be troublesome underfoot, and eliminates species type as a good street tree. Fruits are toxic containing 3-5% saponins.

When Aesculus hippocastanum has been observed flowering or fruiting at Purdue University





4 Aesculus hippocastanum found

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