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Horse Chestnut vs Mountain Maple

Aesculus hippocastanum

Acer spicatum


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Horse Chestnut
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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.

Used to growing in the shadows of the damp forest, White Maple (aka Mountain Maple) is a great fit for shady and wet areas, such as beneath larger trees. Unlike most of its cousins, the White Maple is a shrub instead of a tree. It's still a maple, however, with sap that can be made into Maple syrup to prove it!

In May and June, the classic shapes of Maple leaves are joined by clusters of green and yellow flowers. Soon after, red samaras (aka helicopter seeds or whirligigs) appear. This distinctive appearance makes White Maple an excellent choice for giving urban yards a unique (and patriotic) look.



Zone: 3a
Zone: 2a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 15 m (50 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fuzz/fluff: no
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Flowers: Yellow and green flowers in may and june
Bark: thin reddish or greyish brown, smooth or with small grooves
Nuts: large nuts within spiky capsules. Slightly poisonous to eat
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium
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.

Other Names: white maple

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