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Horse Chestnut vs Butternut

Aesculus hippocastanum

Juglans cinerea

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Horse Chestnut
Butternut

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.

Butternut is one of the few walnut varieties native to Canada. The nuts are sought after for their mild, sweet, and oily taste. Ensure this tree is planted in full sun and well-drained soil for best results.

Butternut is self-fertile but it has better yields when planted near other butternuts. It can survive in zone 2, but reliably produces nuts in zone 3.

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

HORSE CHESTNUT QUICK FACTS

BUTTERNUT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 2b
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 8 m (27 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Nuts: large nuts within spiky capsules. Slightly poisonous to eat
Nuts: brown shell with cream core starting around age 10
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none



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


Other Names: demon walnut, oilnut, white walnut