Aesculus hippocastanum L.
Common Name: HORSE-CHESTNUT
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad Tree

A native of the eastern Mediterranean area, long cultivated in Europe and North America, occasionally seeding in disturbed ground, fencerows, forests, rarely swamps, even surviving until old enough to fruit. First collected in 1900 in St. Clair Co. Doubtless escaped more often than the few existing collections document. Hardy and often planted throughout the Lower Peninsula and into the Upper Peninsula.

Often called “chestnut,” especially in Europe, but that name is misleading, because this species is wholly different from the true chestnut, Castanea of the Fagaceae.

The coarser-looking, obovate leaflets and larger fruit usually suffice to separate this species from A. glabra at a glance.

Locations

Berrien County
Cass County
Ingham County
Kalamazoo County
Manistee County
Midland County
Presque Isle County
St. Clair County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 11, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=2659.