- The other kind of chestnut is called Sweet Chestnut. It is not related to this tree
|Horse-chestnut planted as a feature tree in a park|
A horse chestnut is a large deciduous tree. Its Latin name is Aesculus hippocastanum. It is native to southern Europe, in the Balkans. It is often grown in temperate climates. It can grow up to 36 m tall. The name of the tree (and the whole genus of similar trees) is because its fruit, the conker, was used to treat horses, against cough and some parasite worms.
Horse chestnuts are not edible for humans. The trees are not closely related to sweet chestnuts.