Taxonomy

Aesculus hippocastanum | Horse-chestnut | Crann cnó capaill

Distribution

Status

Native status

Non-native

Species Biology

Identification

Flowers: April- June; white or pink very noticeable flowers

Fruits: Large brown seeds (conkers) in a green fleshy capsule

Twigs & bark: Twigs grey with obvious horse-shoe shaped leaf scars; bark grey/brown, scaling when mature

Habitat

Planted in woodland, hedges and parklands, generally a lowland species

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Irish distribution

Very frequent, mostly planted, occasionally self-seeded

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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Further information

A hardy native of south-eastern Europe introduced in early 1600’s to Ireland

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