Horse Chestnut (Conker) Sapling Trees
Aesculus hippocastanumSapling Trees
- Conker tree. Fast growing, most soils.
- Tall screening. Not suitable for hedging.
- Spreading. White cones of flowers.
- Sizes: Saplings & Standards.
- Max. Height: 35m
- Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
Aesculus Hippocastanum Saplings
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The Horse Chestnut or Conker Tree, Aesculus hippocastanum, is a big, spreading, round headed parkland tree with great flowers. It will grow on any well drained soil.
Horse Chestnut is not suitable for a clipped hedge.
It can be grown as a screening tree up to about 35 metres high. It is a good, tall windbreak tree.
The plants on this page are young saplings. You can also buy larger Horse Chestnut trees here.
Horse Chestnut saplings are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March).
All of our young trees and shrubs are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).
General description of Aesculus hippocastanum:
This is a large and vigorous tree that grows very well across Britain, apart from on the coast or exposed sites in Scotland. It has dense, dark green leaves with 5-6 spear head shaped lobes and in early summer it erupts with tall, thick cones of flowers which are beautiful to look at close up, each little flower resembling a papery little orchid. The autumn colour is yellow with burnt brown edges. The flowers mature into spiky, green seed balls that contain beautifully smooth, polished conkers.
History & uses of Aesculus hippocastanum:
Horse chestnut trees grow well in the city and provide plentiful nectar for bees. They have dense, shaggy canopies that make an effective windbreak and block out light during the summer.
Notes on planting Horse Chestnut:
Horse Chestnut will grow in any soil with decent drainage. They are pretty hardy, but they won't do well on exposed sites in the North East and Scotland.
Do not plant a horse chestnut tree closer than 30 metres away from a house or wall.
Prepare your site before planting:
It is good to dig over the area where you intend to plant several months in advance. Destroy the weeds first: nettles, brambles and ground elder are tough and Neudorff WeedFree Plus weed-killer is the best way to remove them. Then dig the soil over; remove rocks, roots and other rubbish. Mix in well rotted compost or manure down to the depth of about 2 spades.
If you have a heavy clay soil, it might be too difficult to dig over for most of the year. Heavy clay is fertile soil, so you don't really need to improve it; killing the weeds is still necessary.
Remember to water establishing plants during dry weather for at least a year after planting.
Prepare your site for planting by killing the weeds and grass with Neudorff WeedFree Plus.
If you are planting in an area with rabbit and/or deer, you will need to use a protective plastic spiral for each plant, supported by a bamboo cane.
If your soil quality is poor, we recommend using mycorrhizal "friendly fungi" on the roots of new trees and shrubs.
You can also improve your soil with bonemeal organic fertiliser and Growmore.