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Horse Chestnut vs European White Birch

Aesculus hippocastanum

Betula pendula

Horse Chestnut
European White Birch

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.

European White Birch is a mid-sized shade tree native to Eurasia. This deciduous tree has a pyramidal form when young, maturing into a rounded crown with arched branches and drooping branchlets.

The trunk is slender, with white bark featuring black diamond-shaped lenticels. European White Birch is an ideal landscape tree for parks and gardens.

Similar to the Cutleaf Weeping Birch, this species is a popular ornamental.

HORSE CHESTNUT QUICK FACTS

EUROPEAN WHITE BIRCH QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 2a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 15 m (49 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 8 m (25 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Fall colour: bright yellow
Nuts: large nuts within spiky capsules. Slightly poisonous to eat
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: medium



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




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