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Aesculus hippocastanum 'Hampton Court Gold'
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horse chestnut 'Hampton Court Gold'

'Hampton Court Gold' is a large, deciduous tree with a broad, roundedcrown. Its palmately-lobed leaves emerge soft yellow in spring, turning greenish-yellow in summer and golden-yellow in autumn. White flowers with a yellow blotch are followed by spiny green chestnuts that turn brown with age

Size
Ultimate height
Higher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
Wider than 8 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Yellow Yellow
Summer Green Yellow
Autumn Gold Yellow Brown Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing or South–facing or North–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Sapindaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Humans/Pets (dogs): harmful if eaten. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling For further information and contact numbers regarding pets, see the HTA guide to potentially harmful plants
Genus

Aesculus can be deciduous trees or large shrubs with showy flowers, palmately-lobed leaves and sometimes good autumn colour

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in deep, fertile, moist but well-drained soil in sun or part shade; leaves may burn in full sun. A large tree so only suitable for large gardens

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings from early to midwinter or by chip budding from mid to late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

May be susceptible to horse chestnut scale and leaf-mining moth

Diseases

May be susceptible to coral spot, canker, leaf spot and honey fungus

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