Aesculus hippocastanum

Horse Chestnut, Conker tree

Aesculus hippocastanum is generally a tough tree, thriving in a wide range of soil type and conditions.

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One of the most well-known and loved of all trees! Very attractive in late spring with its white tinged yellow then pink candle-like flowers followed by burnished “conkers” in their spiky casings.

It originates from the borders of Greece and Albania and was introduced to Britain in the early 1600s.

Wonderful in parks and open spaces. This tree heralds the first days of spring when it bursts into life with its stocky growth and profuse display of flowers.

Next to Platanus hispanica it is probably London’s most common tree thriving in all soils and tolerating air pollution. However over recent years it has been subjected to a number of debilitating pests ranging from bleeding canker to leaf blotch and leaf miner so beware! Generally the further north you get the less prone it is to these problems.

Mature height: 20m+

Mature spread: 10-15m

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Horse Chestnut, Conker tree
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