Aesculus glabra Willd.
Aesculus glabra is a tree.
Aesculus glabra was described by Carl Ludwig von Willdenow in 1809. The name is considered as validly published.
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.
The trees have a broadly conical canopy and reach heights of 13 to 15 metres.
Wood and Bark
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.
Aesculus glabra is native to the US.
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 -23Â°C (USDA zone 6).
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- low: calcareous soil
The ornamental value of Aesculus glabra lies especially in its fragrance.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants usually require only a moderate amount of maintenance.
Aesculus glabra is highly toxic.
Please read the health issues note!
Pests and Diseases
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