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(Aesculus hippocastanum)

  • Deciduous

  • Height: 50-75 feet

  • Bark: gray and as it gets older it becomes platy

  • Leaves: opposite, and 5-7 leaflets are arranged around a central point

  • White flowers bloom in the spring and turn into spiky green balls with a shiny brown nut inside

  • This tree and the American horsechestnut are not related

  • This tree species is not native to Maine, and these were planted on the grounds near the tomb at the suggestion of Beatrix Ferrand a well-known Landscape architect in the early to mid-1900’s. The five horsechestnuts were planted in a quincunx pattern, like the five patterns on the side of a dice.

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