Horse Chestnut Tree Gift

£19.99

Our Horse chestnut tree gift is the perfect present for celebrating a new birth or a wedding and it’s also a great gift for a 5th (wood) wedding anniversary.

Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is a large, deciduous, broadleaf tree native to southern Europe. It is often referred to as the Conker Tree.

It can reach a height of 20+ metres (65+ feet).  Read more …

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  • A tree (approx. 25 – 75cm tall) packaged in a jute drawstring bag
  • A gift card with your personal message
  • A tree label with the tree species info
  • A tree planting guide to show you how to give your tree a healthy start to its life.
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Description

Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is a large, deciduous, broadleaf tree native to southern Europe, western Asia and north Africa.

The tree is commonly called the “conker” tree after the seeds it sheds in spiny cases in the autumn.

The seeds (“conkers”) of the horse chestnut are collected by children (and adults!) for conker competitions. Normally a small hole is drilled through the centre of the conker and a string is attached.

Two conkers are alternately flicked at each other until one breaks.

There’s even a world conker championships held in Ashton, Northamptonshire in October every year.

The horse chestnut has hand-shaped, palmate leaves with five to seven toothed leaflets.

In spring, horse chestnuts display wonderful, large, upright flower spikes ranging in colour from white to deep pink. In autumn, it sheds its spiny-cased seeds, known as conkers.

Horse Chestnut is believed to have been introduced to the UK in the 17th century and it has since naturalised here.

 

Useful info about Horse Chestnut trees

Latin NameAesculus hippocastanum
TypeDeciduous (loses its leaves in winter)
HeightCan grow up to 20+ metres (65+ feet)
SpreadThe branches can spread out to 15 - 20 metres (50 - 65 feet)
Soil Types PreferredChalk, Clay, Limestone, Loam, Sand
Locations SuitableFarmland, Gardens, Parks
FlowersLarge white flowers May
FruitNuts in summer / autumn

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Characteristics

It thrives in warm conditions and is therefore usually found in the south of England. It is occasionally found in woodland but is more often planted in parklands and estates.

Horse chestnut is a tree that can grow over 30m (100ft) tall and it can have a very large girth. The bark often has a net-shaped pattern, with deep furrows or fissures running spirally in both directions up the trunk.

The leaves are large, hand-shaped, palmate leaves with five to seven toothed leaflets.

By autumn, the female flowers develop into spiny, protective cases, called cupules.

The prickly outer layer is designed to deter squirrels and other seed predators from getting to the large, brown nuts inside that are shed in October.

 

Further Information

Horse chestnut is native to a southern Europe.

It grows to 36 m tall, with a domed crown of stout branches, on old trees the outer branches often pendulous with curled-up tips.

The horse chestnut has hand-shaped, palmate leaves with five to seven toothed leaflets.

In spring, horse chestnuts display wonderful, large, upright flower spikes ranging in colour from white to deep pink.

In autumn Horse Chestnut trees bear fruit that is a green, softly spiky capsule usually containing one nut-like seeds called "conkers" or horse chestnuts.

Each conker is 2-4 cm diameter, glossy nut-brown with a whitish scar at the base.

The tree is commonly called the "conker" tree after these seeds it sheds in spiny cases in the autumn. The prickly outer layer of the seeds is designed to deter squirrels and other seed predators.

The seeds ("conkers") of the horse chestnut are collected by children (and adults!) for conker competitions. Normally a small hole is drilled through the centre of the conker and a string is attached.

Two conkers are alternately flicked at each other until one breaks.

There's even a world conker championships held in Ashton, Northamptonshire in October every year.

Horse Chestnut is believed to have been introduced to the UK in the 16th century and it has since naturalised here.

It thrives in warm conditions and is therefore usually found in the south of England. It is occasionally found in woodland but is more often planted in parklands and estates.

 

Uses

The wood of the tree is durable and is used to make furniture, etc.

DISCLAMER : Any uses for trees or tree extracts. whether edible or medicinal, have not been tried or tested by EFORESTS.CO.UK so please take caution and seek proper advice before attempting any recipes or medicinal extracts from any of the trees listed on our site.

 

Culture and Symbolism

Horse Chestnut trees are believed to be associated with fertility, abundance and longevity.

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