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Although not as attractive as a flowering tree as the red type of horsechestnut (prior photo), the more common white-flowered kind does make a good shade tree.
Picture of white horsechestnut tree in flower. Besides white flowers, horse chestnut trees be red.

Picture of white horsechestnut tree in flower.

David Beaulieu

It grows taller than the red-flowering type, reaching 60 feet tall or more in height at maturity. Bearing the scientific name Aesculus hippocastanum, the common horsechestnut tree is native to Europe. Grow it in planting zones 5-8 in full sun to partial sun.

A relative of the horsechestnut is the Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra), which is native to North America.

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