- It is said that you should say, "Oddly oddly onker my first conker." the first time you harvest conkers for the season.  This supposedly ensures good luck in the coming conker season.  See Interactions for more on the game conkers.  And for even more visit Conkers.
- The tree that sheltered Anne Frank against the Nazis was in fact a horse chestnut tree! For more see Home. And for even more visit this NY times article!
-This horse chestnut tree is also sometimes called the bongay, konker tree, and buckeye.
-There is a superstition dating far back saying that arthritis can be cured or prevented by carrying a horse chestnut seed in your pocket.
-The name is often attributed to the fact that the mark left on the twig when the leaf drops resembles a horseshoe. Another reason is that an oil found in the fruit is used for shining horses' hooves and fetlocks. 
-It takes the horse chestnut approximately  twenty to fifty ears to reach their ultimate height.
-The flower clusters can develop to be a foot long!
-Lower layers of bark in the Aesculus hippocastanum often have an orange color. 
-The horse chestnut is reported as invasive in Georgia, Maine, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.  To learn more about invasive species visit Invasive.
-The toxin which makes the horse chestnut poisonous is called aesculin and has the following chemical composition:

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