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White Oak vs Horse Chestnut

Quercus alba

Aesculus hippocastanum

White Oak
Horse Chestnut

White Oak is large, long-lived tree with an irregular trunk divided into spreading, often horizontal, stout branches. A highly adaptable tree, White Oak features beautiful green leaves that turn red-purple in the fall and green acorns.

Horse Chestnut is a medium sized deciduous tree that is native to Greece but has been grown in North America for hundreds of years. Produces large nuts and both nuts and foliage have many medicinal uses.

WHITE OAK QUICK FACTS

HORSE CHESTNUT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 4a
Zone: 3a
Height: 30 m (98 ft)
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: dark red
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Bark: light to dark gray to white, fissures and scaly
Nuts: nuts within acorns; attractive for wildlife
Nuts: large nuts within spiky capsules. Slightly poisonous to eat
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: medium
Life span: long
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: high




Toxicity: raw Horse Chestnut seed, leaf, bark and flower is toxic if ingested due to the presence of esculin.



Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes