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American Elm vs Horse Chestnut

Ulmus americana

Aesculus hippocastanum

American Elm
Horse Chestnut

American Elm is fast growing, tall tree with a recognizable and pleasing shape.

It's well suited for urban environments because of its non-invasive roots and ability to grow on harsh sites (quite salt tolerant). American Elm develops a wide, dense canopy that provides shade for many city streets around North America.

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.

AMERICAN ELM QUICK FACTS

HORSE CHESTNUT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 30 m (98 ft)
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Spread: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: bright yellow
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Bark: dark, ashy gray with ridges
Nuts: large nuts within spiky capsules. Slightly poisonous to eat
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: up to 200 years
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: medium
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