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Red Horsechestnut Aesculus x carnea

Previously known as:

  • Aesculus rubicunda
Phonetic Spelling
ES-kew-lus BI KAR-nee-a
Description

Disease is less of a problem than with most horse chestnuts but may develop powdery mildew causing early leaf drop; casts dense shade; comes true from seeds

 

Site: Sun to partial shade; moist, well drained soil; more drought tolerant than most Aesculus

Texture: Medium to coarse

Form: Pyramidal in youth; rounded to broadly conical

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Fort McNair
    Foliage handsome dark green until it drops. Flowers reddish-pink withe yellow throats.
  • Rosea
Tags:
#red#pink#sun#deciduous#shade tree#full sun#partial shade#drought tolerant#pink flowers#red flowers#tree#dense#provides shade
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Fort McNair
    Foliage handsome dark green until it drops. Flowers reddish-pink withe yellow throats.
  • Rosea
Tags:
#red#pink#sun#deciduous#shade tree#full sun#partial shade#drought tolerant#pink flowers#red flowers#tree#dense#provides shade
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aesculus
    Species:
    x carnea
    Family:
    Sapindaceae
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    This plant is more drought tolerant than most Aesculus
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Pyramidal
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Nut
    Fruit Description:
    glossy brown nuts in capsules
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    8 in. panicle of salmon pink to light red flowers
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Palmately compound dark green leaves with 5 to 7 lobes; no appreciable fall color
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Shade Tree