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.

  • Leaves

    Compound, palmate
  • Fruit

    Resembles a chestnut with spikes
  • Flower

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

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

Where to find the Horse Chestnut