Aesculus L.

Horse Chestnut

Latin name applied by Linnaeus.

Deciduous trees. Leaves palmately compound, opposite; leaflets 4-9, toothed. Flowers in upright clusters. Fruit a capsule with 1-3 large seeds.

Grown for the attractive soft, leafy canopy, palmate leaves, interesting ornamental fruit capsules and seeds.

About 13 species from America and Eurasia.

Seed, grafting, budding or layers.

Large, mostly sticky winter buds; leaves opposite and palmately compound, without stipules; ovary superior, of 3 united carpels.

Wright (1985).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Hippocastanaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Sapindales
family       Sapindaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Aesculus √ócarnea Hayne
species         Aesculus hippocastanum L.
species         Aesculus indica (Cambess.) Hook.