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Aesculus chinensis (Chinese Horse Chestnut or Chinese Buckeye)

Often found near temples in North China, this is a hardy deciduous tree. It is slow-growing but ultimately could reach 15m in height and 8m across. The spires of white flowers are held above the foliage in late spring or early summer followed by rough nuts.

Position: Best in a moist fertile soil in sun to partial shade. Keep out of cold winds and exposed sites especially in the northern countries. the seeds are not edible, but extracts are widely used for skincare products.

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Hardiness level Green

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Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.