Aesculus

Horse chestnuts are a very familiar sight in the countryside - they grow freely into large stately trees in every part of the British Isles and the conkers are still sought after by schoolboys. In fact, the common horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is native to mountains in northern Greece and Albania and was first grown in the UK only in the early 1600's. Given a good soil these trees are easy to grow in sun or light shade.

Aesculus

<p>Horse chestnuts are a very familiar sight in the countryside - they grow freely into large stately trees in every part of the British Isles and the conkers are still sought after by schoolboys. In fact, the common horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is native to mountains in northern Greece and Albania and was first grown in the UK only in the early 1600's. Given a good soil these trees are easy to grow in sun or light shade.</p>