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Aesculus hippocastanum - Baumann’s horse chestnut

Discovered in Switzerland the early 19th century, Aesculus Baumannii was propagated from a sport (natural mutation) of the common horse chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum.

It is a large tree with a broad crown, growing well in most soil types and is also tolerant to air pollution.

In spring, the superb show of flowers starts, large double white blooms with pink centres. This tree is sterile so unlike our common horse chesnut it will not develop any conkers; disappointing for the young at heart but an advantage if being used for street planting.

The leaves are large, made up from 5-7 ribbed leaflets and often turn golden brown in autumn.

Plant Profile

Name: Aesculus hippocastanum

Common Name: Baumann’s horse chestnut

Family: Sapindaceae

Height: 20-25m

Demands: Grows well in most soils. Also tolerant of air pollution

Foliage: Mid green, large leaves with 5-7 lobes / leaflets

Flower: Large double white flowers with a pink spot at the centre.

Fruit: This variety of Aesculus is sterile and does not produce any fruit.

Aesculus hippocastanum info sheet

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