Common HorsechestnutCommon Horsechestnut flowers

Common Horsechestnut
(Aesculus hippocastanum)

Tree near beginning of Forest Preserve (also a nearby bench), west side of Rangeley Road about 100 yards from entrance to university

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  • Deciduous, broadleaf tree native to Balkan Peninsula, including Albania, Macedonia, Greece and Bulgaria. Common in parks, street sides and village greens.
  • When ripe, a horsechestnut turns an attractive, shiny dark mahogany brown. Beautiful flower clusters; good ornamental tree.
  • Not related to American chestnut (Castanea dentata), but is related to the Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra).
  • Famous use of nut is in schoolyard game of conkers, first recorded on England’s Isle of Wight, 1848. Species introduced to England in 1600s.