HORTICULTURAL IMPEX
Aesculus Indica

Aesculus Indica

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Description:


Indian or Himalayan Horse Chestnut
is an attractive tree growing to about 30 meters with a spread of about 12 meters. It is hardy to -15°C, USDA zones 7-9. It is in flower from June to July, and the seeds ripen in October. The flowers are hermaphroditic and with plentiful white blossoms during May and June pollinated by bees. Its large leaves 10,20 cm long by 2-6 cm wide are also ornamental and the mature tree forms a beautiful round canopy.

Distribution
It is common along the Himalayan Lowlands, between Kashmir and Western Nepal at elevations between 900 and 3,000 metres. In the British Isles it is popular in many parks and estates where it was introduced in the mid-19th century. It is also found in many parts of the USA. The commercial collection of its seeds for flour production seems to have impacted on the natural distribution of this species.