Horse chestnut, Aesculus hippocastanum

£65.00

The Horse chestnut, possibly the most beautiful of large flowering trees to be seen in the UK.

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Description

The Horse chestnut, possibly the most beautiful of large flowering trees to be seen in the UK.

Many may be surprised to learn that it is not native to these Isles being from the regions between Greece and Albania. It is thought to have introduced into the UK in the early part of the 17th century. Having been grown in this country for so long and being so familiar in our landscape it is no surprise to find that it flourishes in most locations. It can be spectacular in May when often covered in the ”candles” of white flowers.

Many enthusiasts feel that it’s strong coarse growth and large leaves make if unsuitable for bonsai but surely it can be okay to have interesting trees in a collection that do not meet the norm of tiny leaves and tight dense growth. It is easy to grow and has it’s own charm. Before Brexit we had a regular customer in Greece that purchased this species from us every time one became available. One day I questioned him about this to which he responded that the tree was such a familiar and loved part of his landscape that he wished to have it well represented in his bonsai collection !!

This example looks like wild collected and has had minimal development yet but is growing well. It came as part of a large collection that we purchased a while back that comprised mainly native and naturalised species clearly often collected by the previous owner. Lots of branches to grow to progress this bonsai. It is 42cm. in height with a spread of 35cm. The soil level roots are 6cm. across and above this the trunk diam. is 3cm. The pot is a plastic bonsai trainer 35x24x5cm.