Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) - leaves - September 2017
A Horse Chestnut tree found in the Hill Barton industrial estate of Exeter, UK. === Video taken 06/09/2017 === Horse chestnut is a deciduous broadleaf tree native to the Balkan peninsula. The leaf stalks leave a scar on the twig when they fall, which resembles an inverted horse shoe with nail holes. This association with horses could explain why conkers used to be ground up and fed to horses to relieve them of coughs, and could be the origin of the tree's name. === Characteristics Foliage Deciduous Habit Spreading / Branched Toxicity Ingestion may cause severe discomfort Hardiness H7 === Moisture Well-drained, Moist but well-drained Soil Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral === Size Ultimate height Higher than 12 metres Ultimate spread wider than 8 metres Time to ultimate height 20-50 years === Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiosperms (unranked): Eudicots (unranked): Rosids Order: Sapindales Family: Sapindaceae Genus: Aesculus Species: A. hippocastanum
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