Aesculus californica (California Buckeye)
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Location: Cultivated for ornament in western N. America and in parts of Europe.
Leaves usually have 5 leaflets on stalks 1-2.5cm long, but sometimes 7. They are smaller than other horse chestnuts and fall early, without autumn colour.
Pale pink or white fragrant flowers open from June to August in clusters 15-20cm tall. The stamens protrude about 1cm from each flower giving a delicate shaggy appearance.
The lopsided fruits 5-7.5cm ripen in October, splitting to release shiny brown nuts.