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Care of the plant Aesculus indica or Indian horse-chestnut.

Care of the tree Aesculus indica or Indian horse-chestnut

The genus Aesculus, family Sapindaceae, comprises 15 species of trees and shrubs native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere. Some species and hybrids are: Aesculus indica, Aesculus hippocastanum, Aesculus x carnea, Aesculus californica.

Common names: Indian horse-chestnut, Himalayan horse chestnut. This species is native to Eastern Asia.

Aesculus indica is a large deciduous tree that reaches 30 meters (98.4 feet) in height. The trunk is rough. The cup is rounded and has leaves formed by five lobes arranged like the fingers of one hand; They are light green and in autumn they have beautiful golden tones. The flowers gather in erect inflorescences and can be white, pink or red. They bloom in late spring or early summer. The fruits are prickly and contain up to three large, fleshy seeds.

It's used as a shade tree and for the decoration of large gardens, avenues and public parks.

It's an easy plant to grow that withstands pollution from cities well but not too high temperatures, as they can dry up. Frost resistant to -15 ºC (5 ºF). They prefer high ambient humidity in full sun or in half shade.

They only need a well-drained, light, fresh and slightly acidic soil. Planting is done in the fall and spring.

Water frequently so that the soil has a little humidity but without watering it.

Fertilize with compost or manure at the time of planting.

They can be attacked by caterpillars, coleopterans and mealybugs; also by fungi that cause the fall of the leaves.

These trees can propagate by seeds; its germination period is very short.

Images of the tree Aesculus indica or Indian horse-chestnut

Aesculus indica
Aesculus indica
Aesculus indica