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Horse Chestnut vs Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

Aesculus hippocastanum

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Horse Chestnut
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

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.

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood is an ornamental plant with a variety of uses as it can be grown as a shrub, small tree, hedge, or privacy screen. The bright yellow flowers grow in clusters and bloom in late winter to early spring, providing an early food source for pollinators. They are visually striking as the flowers bloom before the leaves appear and last for several weeks.

Red, cherry-like fruits are produced in midsummer. They are edible but are better suited for preserves and syrups as the taste is fairly sour and astringent, similar to that of sour cherries and cranberries.

The Cornelian Cherry Dogwood was the winner of the Gold Medal Award from The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society as well as the Cary Award for having superior landscape appeal and for being winter hardy and pest resistant.

HORSE CHESTNUT QUICK FACTS

CORNELIAN CHERRY DOGWOOD QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 4a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Berries: red
Flavor: sour
Flowers: yellow
Nuts: large spiky nuts
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: slow
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium



Toxicity: most parts of plant are toxic


Other Names: cornelia cherry, cornelia cherry dogwood, cornelian cherry, cornelian cherry dogwood, european cornel