Aesculus hippocastanum – Horse Chestnut

Planted Autumn 2008, at side of plot in front field.
This is a home grown Finnish specimen. (pictures coming soon)

Conker Tree

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Family: Hippocastanaceae

Genus: Aesculus

Species: hippocastanum

Type: Tree

Height: over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing: 20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a to -39.9 °C (-40 °F)

Sun Exposure: Sun

Sun Exposure to: Partial Shade

Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color: White/Near White

Foliage: Decidious

Soil pH from: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Soil pH to: 7.6 to 8.0 (alkaline)

Propagation Methods: From semi-hardwood cuttings. From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall, winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse, stratify if sowing indoors

Seed: Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds. Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Otherdetails: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Planted: 2008

Updated: 2009

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Is pushing forward with his design of the Karhula gardens. Favorite quote atm 'Rome was not built in a day'