8 October 2006

Aesculus hippocastanum x carnea (Horse Chestnut)

This is a very beautiful tree which I first noticed while living in Canada. It has enormous large "five fingered' leaves, and flowers which sit like candelabra all over the outside of the canopy. Horse chestnuts are a very big tree and not really suitable for small back yards, nevertheless I was determined to try to grow one when I returned to Australia. I had some difficulty finding one, eventually having to buy mail order from a rare plant nursery in Victoria. So far my little tree is surviving and this year has two flower spikes. It likes a rich moist soil but has to make do with clay, which was exceptionally dry this last two years.

So far so good. Posted by Picasa

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