Horse Chestnut Tree
The majestic 80 foot tall horse chestnut tree is the first thing you notice when you enter Blythewood Farms. This 200+ year old tree predates the farm itself and stands atop the entrance overlooking the surrounding farmland. Naturally, our logo was established as a representation of the iconic horse chestnut tree that we are fortunate to have on Blythewood Farms, along with our mission to “Preserve, Conserve, Sustain.”
The horse chestnut is quite rare and not to be confused with the American chestnut tree whose chestnuts are edible. Although it may be beautiful, a horse chestnut should not be eaten raw, as it contains poisonous compounds. Despite being inedible when raw, the nut holds other certain nutrients that are extracted for wide use in the the world of herbal medicine.
The leaves and fruits of a horse chestnut tree are ornamental and undeniably beautiful. As ardent conservationists, our goal is to spread the joy and impact of this species around the region to its fullest majesty. We are dedicated to planting and helping restore the horse chestnut species with the help of our clients, one tree at a time.
Horse chestnut trees grow very fast with heights well over 100 feet and widely spreading branches. In full bloom, the leaves can be nearly a foot long with white flower clusters. The fruit of the horse chestnut is a dark brown smooth-surfaced nut approximately 2 inches in diameter.
“What kind of tree is that?” is the question we hear most when clients see our logo. To the untrained eye, the horse chestnut appears to be an exotic, tropical species due to its unusually large leaves and what seem to be odd fruit. Its scientific name is Aesculus Hippocastanum. The genus, Aesculus, commonly referred to as “buckeye” is due to the resemblance of its seeds to a deer’s eye. Aesculus are found in northern temperate regions, similar to that of Maryland’s and are native to a small area of the Pindus Mountains’ forests and Balkan forests. Interestingly, a small portion of the species made it to our region long ago where it has thrived greatly, but soon may no longer exist in Maryland.
We would like to plant as many horse chestnut trees as possible throughout the vast locations in the Blythewood Landscape Management community. Not only are horse chestnut trees prominent in size and beauty, they bring good fortune to the ecosystem in which they live. A horse chestnut will greatly enhance the beauty of your property, fuel life surrounding it through insects and plants, and will serve as a focal point for many years to come.