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Horse Chestnut vs Western Larch

Aesculus hippocastanum

Larix occidentalis

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Horse Chestnut
Western Larch

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.

Western Larch is a pioneer species that can survive in nutrient poor soil and is found in the valleys and on the lower slopes of mountains in mixed forests. In the warm months, this larch is covered in clusters of soft green needles that turn golden yellow before dropping in the fall. Its dense, sturdy wood is excellent for lumber, making this Larch valuable in Western North America.

HORSE CHESTNUT QUICK FACTS

WESTERN LARCH QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 55 m (180 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Fall colour: golden yellow
Nuts: large nuts within spiky capsules. Slightly poisonous to eat
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: none



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


Other Names: hackmatack, western tamarack