The horse chestnut is a shade and ornamental tree with an upright elliptical shape. It is native to southeast Europe (particularly the Pindus mountains mixed forests and the Balkan mixed forests of the Balkan peninsula), but it was introduced into other parts of Europe as well as North America. The horse chestnut is easily grown from seed and tolerates city life well, which is why it is often planted along streets (Little 1980; "Herbs at a Glance", 2008). This particular horse chestnut is the gateway to the Marsh Botanical Gardens, which is just down the hill from this tree. It has a lovely view of sunset through the many other beautiful trees in the area.