Aesculus hippocastanum L.
horse chestnut
Sapindaceae (Horse-chestnut family)
(Previously in Hippocastanaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


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Distribution of Aesculus hippocastanum
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This common horticultural species often reseeds in our area. Saplings, small trees and the occasional mature tree can be found. Note Author: Frank Lomer, Honorary Research Associate, University of British Columbia Herbarium

Taxonomic Notes

"This large deciduous tree grows to 30 m or more and is a native of the Balkan Peninsula. The large palmately-compound leaves with 5-8 toothed leaflets are distinctive throughout the summer. Thick twigs, fat sticky buds and opposite pairs of leaf scars are prominent winter features.....The fruits develop in the autumn and are covered with blunt spines....The fruits are poisonous and should not be confused with the edible chestnus (Castanea)." (Straley 1992).

Straley, Gerald B. 1991. Trees of Vancouver. A guide to the common and unusual trees of the city. UBC Press, Vancouver.