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Horse Chestnut vs Black Locust

Aesculus hippocastanum

Robinia pseudoacacia

Horse Chestnut
Black Locust

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.

Black Locust is an attractive tree. Its distinctive leaves are made of about a dozen bright green leaflets. It also notable for its fragrant white flowers, which smell of citrus.

Black Locust can grow in many situations, but prefers dry areas with lots of sun. It is robust and is an excellent choice for establishing shade in dry, open areas.

Important note: Much of the Black Locust is toxic to humans and livestock, including seeds, bark, and leaves.

HORSE CHESTNUT QUICK FACTS

BLACK LOCUST QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 12 m (40 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 8 m (25 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Flowers: Creamy white flowers in a pyramidal shape bloom in may-june
Bark: dark reddish brown to balck with furrows
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: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: high
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.




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