Description: This is a large tree with a domed crown. It's easy to recognise by its leaves and its fruit. It's leaves are palmate, which means the lobes join together at a central point – they look like hands, and their fruit is the familiar green spiky capsule containing the nut-like seed, the conker.
Fact: Their name comes from their similarities to the sweet chestnut tree and that they could supposedly be used as a remedy for coughing horses. Sadly, the Horse Chestnut is under threat in the UK from the leaf-mining moth and bleeding canker diseases.