Facts About Horse Chestnut Trees

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Horse chestnuts are trees that are 50 to 100 feet tall that spread 40 to 50 feet wide. The trunk can grow to be 3 feet thick encased in dark colored bark. White flowers turn into large brown nuts covered in spiny husks.


Horse chestnut trees enjoy full sunlight, and they do well in areas sheltered from the wind.


Horse chestnut trees are not picky when it comes to soil types. They do need good drainage though. These trees tolerate moderate drought conditions.


Young horse chestnut trees are easy to transplant into any urban type of soil.


Horse chestnuts are not edible. They are mainly used in ornamental planting in urban areas or in areas that need shade.


Japanese beetles are the main pests for the horse chestnut trees. They will eat the leaves down to the leaf stems.


Diseases that attack horse chestnut trees are leaf blotch, powdery mildew, anthracnose and leaf scorch.


  • U.S. Forest Service
Keywords: Aesculus hippocastanum, horse chestnuts, shade trees

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Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.

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