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Horse Chestnut in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Aesculus hippocastanum

 

Horse Chestnut

Common throughout Europe and can reach a height 36m it produces a large domed canopy, with flower speers 10-30cms tall are often referred to as candles, that mature into seed in husks 2-4 cms diam.

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plant Features
  • Horse Chestnut likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Horse Chestnut likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Horse Chestnut is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Horse Chestnut likes all soil conditions

    All soil conditions

 
plant information

Common name

Horse Chestnut

Latin name

Aesculus hippocastanum

type

Deciduous trees or shrubs

family

Sapindaceae

ph

5.0 - 8.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Horse Chestnut likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Horse Chestnut is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Horse Chestnut likes all soil conditions

    All soil conditions

  • Water

    Horse Chestnut likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Horse Chestnut is 10.00meters x 36.00meters 10.00 M 36.00 M

Aesculus hippocastanum

Common throughout Europe and can reach a height 36m it produces a large domed canopy, with flower speers 10-30cms tall are often referred to as candles, that mature into seed in husks 2-4 cms diam.


Planting season

From Early Autumn TO Mid Autumn

Young trees should be planted in their permanent position as soon as is practical. If they are large enough, at the end of their first growing season and certainly at the end of the second. Do not allow them to be grown in too shallow a container for any length of time. To plant, dig a hole about three times the width of the root ball and deep enough so that the top of the rootball is flush with the soil. Once the tree is placed in the hole, ensure it is straight before adding some of the soil to anchor it in place. Fill the hole with water, allowing it to absorb before adding organic matter and remaining soil. Tamp down lightly to eliminate any air pockets and add a layer of mulch to help retain moisture and keep out weeds.

 
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