Often used in hedging mixes, this plant has been cultivated for over two thousand years for its delicious edible nuts. This is a large vigorous growing deciduous tree with rugged, grooved bark and glossy, serrate, oblong-lanceolate leaves to 20cm in length. Male catkins to 15cm in length, yellowish, followed by spiny fruits containing edible nuts.
Horse Chestnut - Aesculus hippocastanum
A superb tree with lots of advantages. It will grow in any soil, is absolutely huge, and has wonderful white flowers at the end of spring, running into early summer, when it is definitely at its best. The flowers are followed by masses of conkers inside their spiny shells. There are alternatives but this species is still the best, and it has been given the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society.