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Horse Chestnut

Horse Chestnut
The horse chestnut can be found throughout Central Park. It resembles the American chestnut, which has been distressed by chestnut blight. In New York (including in Central Park) horse chestnuts suffer from a fungus disease that make their leaves turn brown and fall off in the summer. However, the horse chestnut still contains beautiful flowers that bloom in the spring.

Common Name: Horse Chestnut

Scientific Name: Aesculus hippocastanum

Origin: Eastern Europe

Family: Sapindaceae

Size: 50'-75' tall, 40'-70' wide

Form: Round to oval

Culture: Prefers moist soil and full sun


Compound, palmate


Upright, pyramidal, white to pinkish, sit upright on twigs


Resembles a chestnut with spikes


Smooth when young, can develop plates as it gets older, greenish brown