Aesculus glabra

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Aesculus glabra Willd.

Hippocastanaceae

Life form: tree
Usage: economic plant

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   6

Moisture: moderately moist bis Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves: decidious

Shape: obovate

Division: digitate

Shape: many-stellate
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

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Inflorescence: panicle

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Canopy: broadly conical

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Rosidae
Superordo:
Rutanae
Ordo:
Sapindales
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Aesculus glabra is a tree.

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Naming

Aesculus glabra was described by Carl Ludwig von Willdenow in 1809. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Aesculus glabra is a species in the genus Aesculus which contains approximately 28 to 47 species and belongs to the family of the Hippocastanaceae (Horse-chestnut Family). The type species of the genus is Aesculus hippocastanum.

Characteristics

Aesculus glabra - habitus

Growth

The trees have a broadly conical canopy and reach heights of 13 to 15 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Aesculus glabra is deciduous. The bluish green, digitate leaves are opposite. The leaflets are obovate and petiolate. They have serrulate margins and pinnate venation.

Flowers and Fruits

Aesculus glabra produces panicles of yellow many-stellate flowers in May. The plants are dioecious, pollination takes places by allogamy through animals.

The trees carry ornamental loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Aesculus glabra is native to the US.

Cultivation

The trees prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on fresh to moist soil. They prefer sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil with a pH between 5 and 7,1. The plants need a soil depth of at least 91 centimetres for good growth. They tolerate temperatures down to -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • low: calcareous soil

Uses

The ornamental value of Aesculus glabra lies especially in its fragrance.

Maintenance and Propagation

The plants usually require only a moderate amount of maintenance.


Cultivars

Poisonousness

Aesculus glabra is highly toxic.

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Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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