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Horse Chestnut vs Bitternut Hickory

Aesculus hippocastanum

Carya cordiformis

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Horse Chestnut
Bitternut Hickory

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.

Bitternut Hickory is a large deciduous tree that makes a great shade tree for yards and parks. This tree is native to Eastern North America. Although it produces nuts, they are bitter and inedible. Some consider this wood to be the best flavour for smoking meats.

Plant Bitternut Hickory in it’s forever home. It is difficult to transplant due to its long taproot, and may not survive.

The wood is strong and has historically been used for wheels, ladders, and furniture.

HORSE CHESTNUT QUICK FACTS

BITTERNUT HICKORY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 4a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 13 m (42 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Bark: ridged, durable
Nuts: large nuts within spiky capsules. Slightly poisonous to eat
Nuts: bitter
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: slow
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: high



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


Other Names: swamp hickory