Find out more about the horse chestnut tree below.
Scientific name: Aesculus hippocastanum
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Origin: non-native- introduced to UK from Turkey in late 16th century
Maximum height: 40 metres
Lives for: up to 300 years
Famous for their shiny mahogany seeds (conkers) encased in spiky green cases, horse chestnut trees were first introduced to the UK in the 16th century. Conkers used to be fed to horses as a remedy for coughs and when leaves fall, their stalks leave a scar on the twig in the shape of an inverted horseshoe with nail holes.