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Horse Chestnut tree gift
A large, deciduous tree that bears chestnuts in autumn.


 
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Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is a large, deciduous, broadleaf tree native to southern Europe.

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. Read more ...

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Your tree gift will be approx. 20 - 80cm tall. It comes packaged in a jute drawstring bag, with a gift card containing your personal message and 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.


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.


Uses

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


Mythology and symbolism

The chestnut tree is associated with fertility, abundance and longevity.


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