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Horse Chestnut vs Western Chokecherry

Aesculus hippocastanum

Prunus virginiana var. demissa

Horse Chestnut
Western Chokecherry

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.

Western Chokecherry is a shrub or small tree commonly used for farmstead and field windbreaks.

It produces white flowers in the spring and edible dark purple fruit that matures between September and October. Its cherries are great for making for making jams and jellies (or wine), but are not very palatable for raw eating.

HORSE CHESTNUT QUICK FACTS

WESTERN CHOKECHERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 2a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Fall colour: reddish-purple
Berries: edible small berries that can be used for making jelly and wine
Nuts: large nuts within spiky capsules. Slightly poisonous to eat
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: low
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.

Toxicity: toxic to animals with segmented stomachs (horses, cattle, deer moose, etc.)



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