Horse-chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum
Horse-chestnut Hippocastanceae family Horse Chestnut

Leaves:Seven to nine leaflets arranged palmately compound. They are usually 4 to 15 inches long.

Twigs: Buds are very large and tend to be very sticky and shiny.

Fruit: Sept-Oct. Fruits are round and have strong, thorny husks.

Flower: Flowers are white, flecked with red, and grow in long racemes. They flower in May.

Bark:Bark is somewhat scaly.

Form/Habitat: This tree is usually planted, as it is an imported species. When looking at the form, notice the descending branches turning up at the ends.

Winter Identification: A typical horsechestnut tree has descending branches that turn up at the ends, in other words the branches appear to droop.

NWI Status:Upland
Text By:

Morgan Jenkins for


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