A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Friday 4 May 2012

Horse Chestnut flowers

Horse Chestnut or Aesculus hippocastenum trees don't belong to the chestnut family at all. Apparently they are native to a small mountainous area of the Balkans in south east Europe. These trees were originally planted in this country as specimen trees in parks and gardens. The Horse Chestnut flowers are spectacular now. Gradually they develop into conkers which ripen in the autumn and are so popular with youngsters.

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