A strange Aesculus graft

This specimen was within the large park I visited last week. I am not sure what was grafted onto this Aesculus hippocastanum stem, but it’s certainly a marked difference in bark texture! If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

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Such a stark contrast a few feet up the stem.
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A strange Aesculus graft

2 thoughts on “A strange Aesculus graft

  1. Jonas says:

    That is a weird place for a graft, although it has clearly kept pace with the root stock, so a good match in terms of vigour. As for what it is, well it looks like a typical sycamore but in the context of the parkland setting I’m guessing it isn’t but maybe an acre of some kind?

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    1. The buds from the basal sprout were Aesculus hippocastanum by the looks of it – sticky, elongated, and green-brown. I thought perhaps an Indian horse chestnut was grafted onto it. May have to return when it is in leaf during summer!

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