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Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)

Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)


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Mature trees grow to a height of around 28m, and can live for up to 300 years. The bark is smooth and pinky grey when young, which darkens and develops scaly plates with age. Twigs are hairless and stout, buds are oval, dark red, shiny and sticky. The palmate leaves comprise five to seven pointed, toothed leaflets spreading from a central stem.

Suitable Soil Conditions

  • Alkali Soil
  • Heavy Soil
  • Wet Soil
  • Very Wet Soil

Suitable Site Conditions

  • Exposed Site

Ultimate Tree Height

  • 20 metres+

Growth Rate

  • Slow