Information about Aesculus hippocastanum f. laciniata

Aesculus hippocastanum f. laciniata is a cultivar of the Aesculus hippocastanum tree, commonly known as the horse chestnut. It is also known by the common name of fern-leaf horse chestnut due to the deeply cut, fern-like leaves that characterize this variety.

The tree is a deciduous species native to the Balkans and western Asia, and is widely cultivated as an ornamental tree in parks and gardens in many parts of the world. The fern-leaf horse chestnut cultivar was first recorded in the 18th century and is known for its distinctive leaves, which are divided into numerous narrow lobes.

The tree typically grows to a height of 20-30 meters and has a broad, spreading crown. In spring, it produces large panicles of white or pink flowers, followed by spiny fruits that contain shiny, brown seeds known as conkers.

The fern-leaf horse chestnut is a relatively low-maintenance tree and prefers well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. It is hardy to USDA zones 3-8 and is tolerant of pollution, making it a popular choice for urban landscaping. However, it is susceptible to a range of pests and diseases, including leaf miner and bleeding canker.

The tree has been used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including venous insufficiency, varicose veins, and hemorrhoids. The seeds contain aescin, a compound with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that is used in herbal remedies and pharmaceuticals. However, it is important to note that the seeds are toxic if ingested in large quantities and should not be