Foliage and flower of Aesculus hippocastanum
Foliage and flower of Aesculus hippocastanum
Mature Aesculus hippocastanum
Conkers produced by and associated with Aesculus hippocastanum
Medium Horse Chestnut, Conker tree from this batch

Aesculus hippocastanum

Horse Chestnut, Conker tree

Estimated fully grown height 20m+

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Product Details

Aesculus hippocastanum, also known as the Horse Chestnut, is one of the most loved traditional trees in Britain, yet is not technically classified as being native to this country.

Whilst the classic Horse Chestnut as we know it is actually native to the borders of Greece and Albania, this stunning parkland tree has been found in Britain for over 400 years having been introduced in the early 1600’s.

The foliage of the Aesculus genus is distinct, with each leaf containing a number of leaflets that span a width of around 60cm.  In the late spring the characteristic candle like flowers appear in their masses, generally white yet tinged with yellow and pink.  In autumn the shiny, brown conkers are born in their spiky caskets, perfectly ready to become the next champion in the playground!

Aesculus hippocastanum is generally a tough tree, thriving in a wide range of soil type and conditions.  It is interestingly one of London’s most commonly planted trees, rivalled clearly only by Platanus x hispanica, the London Plane tree.

The Conker tree, Aesculus hippocastanum, forms a vast and impressive tree at maturity, with this in mind it is best suited to estates, parklands and generous open spaces where it will not be compromised by lack of space in years to come.

As a note of caution with this tree, in recent years they have suffered from a number of debilitating pests ranging from leaf miners to bleeding canker and whilst this problem seems to become less prevalent the further North the tree is planted, these factors should be considered carefully for wide-scale plantings.

Mature height: 20m+

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree

Planting Video

Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.