Horse Chestnut (Aesculus Hippocastanum)
every one who ever collected a Conker
knows this large, spreading tree, with its lovely pink/white 'candle flowers' that cover the tree in early summer and light up the May landscape. The leaves are deep green, turning a rustic amber colour in autumn.
They provide nectar and pollen for insects, particularly bees,
and the fruit "conker" is eaten by mammals.
Fully grown specimens require a lot of space but they make ideal park trees and grand avenues. Mature horse chestnut trees grow to a height of around 40m 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.
Introduced shortly after 1616 from Albania Greece and Bulgaria horse chestnut has virtually become naturalised in Britain.
Bare root stock available Oct-April ORDER NOW
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