The Aesculus [Hippocastanaceae] or horse chestnut tree is an absolute all time favourite of mine. I don’t know how many years I spent hanging out of them or trying to harvest the conkers from them… 😉 Love it.
A genus of about 15 species, these are the ultimate in examples of palmate [hand like leaves]. Do be extremely careful if/ when deciding to plant one of these as they grow extremely large. The most common variety for example [that I know] is the Aesculus hippocastanum which can grow to 80 feet tall, its leaflets 12″ long and its flowers [spring – early summer] up to 13″ tall.
Don’t say I haven’t warned you regarding the space. These guys really are in the large but also the ‘greats’ category.
Want to grow some for free… watch out for the conkers [the brown nut like seeds usually found hidden inside those spkiy fruits]. Place them twice the depth of the seed below any type of soil and walk away… 🙂