Home garden design > Planting Trees and Shrubs > The Best Garden Trees and Garden Shrubs > Aesculus hippocastanum

Aesculus hippocastanum

Aesculus hippocastanum, the Horse Chestnut, is found in the mountains of south-eastern Europe, whence it was introduced in or about 1629.

It is the most ornamental flowering timber tree we have, and is too well known to need description. It has numerous varieties, of which flore pleno has double flowers, foliis aureis variegatis variegated leaves (of little worth), and pyramidalis a pyramidal habit.