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Horse Chestnut vs River Birch

Aesculus hippocastanum

Betula nigra

ONLY AVAILABLE BY CONTRACT GROW

ONLY AVAILABLE BY CONTRACT GROW

Horse Chestnut
River 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. It produces large nuts.

A top CO2 absorbing species. Experts think this tree may help climate change more than others.

River Birch has beautiful, peeling, brown bark that reveals camel-colored and pink beneath. It is more borer resistant than white bark birches, which makes it a much longer-lived landscape tree.

HORSE CHESTNUT QUICK FACTS

RIVER BIRCH QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Bark: dark gray-brown or pinkish-brown and scaly
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: 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.


Other Names: black birch, water birch


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