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A picture of a Indian Horse Chestnut

Indian Horse Chestnut

Aesculus indica

Also known as

Himalayan Horse Chestnut, Horse chestnut

Aesculus indica Sydney Pearce by Steve Law (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








50 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A large Aesculus indica tree in a park
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A photo of Indian Horse Chestnut
A photo of Indian Horse Chestnut
A photo of Indian Horse Chestnut

Indian Horse Chestnut Overview

Aesculus indica is a large, deciduous tree species from the Sapindaceae family. It forms a rounded habit with a spreading crown, generally growing to smaller and more elegantly than the Horse Chestnut, Aesculus hippocastanum, with very attractive flower spikes and good leaf colour. Commonly known as Indian Horse Chestnut or Himalayan Horse Chestnut. Flowers are broadly white in colour, with attractive yellow spots and pink flushing, appearing from mid0-summer. Lead onto non-spiny fruits, termed Chestnuts. Indian Horse Chestnut produces shiny leaves divided into oblong leaflets, coloured bronze upon emergence, developing to a mid-green shade with age. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Indian Horse Chestnut

Can suffer from canker and leaf spot (Guugnadia aesculi) problems.

How to harvest Indian Horse Chestnut

Seeds are generally harvested in autumn for recreational use.

How to propagate Indian Horse Chestnut



Special features of Indian Horse Chestnut

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves

Attracts useful insects

Autumn colour

Other uses of Indian Horse Chestnut

A low maintenance tree planted in parks & large gardens for architectural focal points.


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