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Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut seed) Sheffield`s Seed Co., Inc.
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Aesculus hippocastanum

Horse Chestnut

Recalcitrant seeds need refrigeration. Since shipping times are out of our control, we are not liable for seed condition upon arrival.
  • Aesculus hippocastanum

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow 1-2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: fall sowing in mulched beds is prefered to artificial stratification 

Looking for an impressive tree to add to your garden or park? Consider the Aesculus hippocastanum, also known as the Horse Chestnut. This tree can grow up to 120 ft tall and is commonly found in parks and gardens. In May, its white flowers attract bees, and in the fall, children love to collect the mahogany nuts. Despite its name, Horse Chestnut is not related to the Chestnut but is in the Buckeye family. It is native to Greece and Albania but is widely cultivated throughout the temperate world. This tree prefers well-drained soil and can withstand strong winds but not maritime exposure.
Aside from its ornamental value, the Horse Chestnut has practical uses, too. During World War I and II, its nuts were a source of starch for producing acetone, which was used in military armaments. However, the nuts are slightly poisonous and can cause sickness if eaten, so it's not advisable to feed them to horses. Aescin, a component found in Horse Chestnut seeds, has been used for health purposes and is available in food supplements. In the past, Horse Chestnut seeds were used for washing linen, milling caps and stockings, and fulling cloth.
The Aesculus hippocastanum has been threatened by the leaf-mining moth Cameraria ohridella, which feeds on its leaves. However, it is still a popular tree for many and is even used in Bach flower remedies. The Anne Frank Tree, a famous Horse Chestnut in Amsterdam, survived the war and still stands today.
Overall, the Horse Chestnut is a fascinating and useful tree that can add beauty and interest to your landscape. Its distinct features and practical uses make it a great choice for gardeners and nature enthusiasts alike.

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