Help identifying this tree


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I living in Austin TX and moved into a new house in the fall. I have two young trees in my back yard that have been dormant. I feared they might be dead, but today one of them started blooming like crazy! It was a wonderful surprise. When I bought the home, I asked a local arborist what kind of tree it was, but at the time it had no leaves or buds beyond dark brown nibs at the tip of the branches. He used a small blade to check the health of one of the branches and it was bright green on the inside - it was definitely dormant but not dead at the time however, he wasn’t able to identify the tree. It stumped him.


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This is the first day the leaves appeared. The buds before today were and about an inch long.
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it’s about 12 feet tall. All the buds are on the tip of the branches

I figured this might be easy for y’all. Let me know what you think! I’m just estatic that it survived the hard freeze we had just two weeks ago

Cheers,
 
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European or Horse Chestnut :)
 
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These are pictures of Horse Chestnut buds and unfurling leaves. That`s what we think you have there @Andrewortman ''Aesculus hippocastanum''

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Wow! Thanks y’all! I think it is a horse chestnut! Definitely not native here. The previous owner left some really wonderful plants in the garden that are starting to bloom too. :)
 
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Wow! Thanks y’all! I think it is a horse chestnut! Definitely not native here. The previous owner left some really wonderful plants in the garden that are starting to bloom too. :)

Our pleasure :)

You'll have to teach all the colonists to play Conkers now :LOL:

 

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Found one of my Chestnut pics :)

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