Name: Horse Chestnut
Scientific name: Aesculus hippocastanum
Category: Trees and bushes
Nature Stars: 20
About: A tall, broad tree, planted in parks and gardens. Originally native to the mountains of northern Greece and Albania, the Horse Chestnut has been planted here since 1616.
How to identify: Instantly recognisable by the combination of the hand-shaped compound leaf, the pinky white spikes of flowers in the spring and the spiny-shelled fruit in the autumn which contain conkers.
Fantastic fact: The World Conker Championships are held at Ashton in Northamptonshire on the second Sunday in October every year.
Photograph credit: Philip Precey