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Horse Chestnut vs Manchurian Walnut

Aesculus hippocastanum

Juglans mandshurica

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Horse Chestnut
Manchurian Walnut

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.

Manchurian Walnut is a large, broad and often multi-stemmed tree with ornamental qualities. This tree produces large, thick-shelled nuts that ripen in the fall. These edible walnuts are reportedly difficult to crack open. They are useful for attracting wildlife, especially squirrels.

The Manchurian Walnut contains and exudes much lesser quantities of allelopathic compounds, such as juglone (common to walnuts), that may prevent or impair growth of nearby plants. Therefore, it is commonly embraced as a safe walnut to plant.

HORSE CHESTNUT QUICK FACTS

MANCHURIAN WALNUT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 2b
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 21 m (70 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 12 m (40 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Bark: light grey with broad planes between long deep dissures
Nuts: large nuts within spiky capsules. Slightly poisonous to eat
Nuts: thicker and with more shell than meat than other species making them hard to crack, similar to butternut
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
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.


Other Names: chinese walnut


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