Plants, Weird and unusual, Common and underutilized,
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Aesculus californica - Californian Buckeye
Broadly conical shrub or small tree. Attractive palmate, typical horse chestnut type leaves. Erect panicles of white or pale pink flowers in early summer. followed in autumn by pear-shaped, smooth-skinned fruits containing 1 or 2 large orange-brown seeds.
thrives in most reasonable soils but best in moist, well drained, deep, fertile soil, in full sun or part shade. sheltered from harsh wind,