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Aesculus x carnea | Red Horsechestnut

CHARACTER
One of the most popular trees in England, according to Dirr. One of it parents, Aesculus pavia | Red Buckeye, is a native (id with rattlesnake like nuts pods) and so well suited to Mid-Atlantic planting. Dirr goes on to explain that this somewhat mysterious hybrid is the result of chromosomal doubling somewhere along the line. What ever the cause, the Red Horsechestnut is tidy looking small tree, a naturalizer with palmately compound leaves and wonderful extra large pink spire blooms (the florets are actually white, yellow and pink all at the same time). ‘Briotti’ is especially nice with deeper, redder, larger panicles of flowers in earluy May. Nice for DC Townhouse garden patios.
CARE
Prune in early spring.
NOTES
Adaptable to different soil types, tough-ish. Nuts are good food for deer and squirrels.
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RELATED VARIETIES | CULTIVARS | EXTRA INFO
‘Briotti’ Blood red blooms, up to 12″ tall
‘Ft. McNair’ a recent introduction from Ft. McNair in Washington, DC
Aesculus hippocastanum | Common Horsechestnut 50′ tall for parks, too big for residential
Aesculus parviflora | Bottlebrush Buckeye great native shrub with cool bottlebrush white blooms
Aesculus pavia | Red Buckeye native giant shrub or clumping tree, rattlesnake nut pods

ZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE ….. 4 – 7 | full sun to full shade
GROWTH RATE ….. medium
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 30′-40′
PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. Rounded, multi-branched
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. 3″to 6″, 5 leaflets with long petiole
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. palmately compound, opposite, doubley serrate
LEAF COLOR ….. Deciduous | dark green, lustrous and leathery

FEATURES, BUDS, FLOWERS, FRUIT
FLOWERS | beautiful, pink, white and yellow 6″ to 8″ tall and 4″ wide panicle turn into Buckeyes (nuts)

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NATIVE HABITAT
SOIL needs well drained, pH adaptable, grows well in Mid-Atlantic
Native to Europe, possibly developed in Germany

UCONN plant database / Aesculus x carnea

Salisberry Arboretum / Aesculus x carnea

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