Aesculus x carnea

Red Horse Chestnut

The large, dense, pyramidal shape of this tree is echoed in its many flower panicles. The inedible brown fruit of these Horse Chestnuts or Buckeyes holds slightly toxic, glossy seeds. Can also be grown as a shrub. Roots can be shallow and invasive. Best to buy trees that are balled and burlapped or in containers to retain the long tap root. Prone to leaf scorch, leaf blotch and moths. Prune in early spring as necessary.
Aesculus x carnea, Red Horse Chestnut
This popular shade tree has large, dark green leaves and pink to red flowers. Leaf, twig, and fruit litter make this a messy tree and a poor choice for planting along streets and pathways.

Attributes - Aesculus x carnea

Plant Type: Tree

Bloom Season: Mid Spring through Late Spring

Flower Color: Pink, Red

Foliage: Deciduous

Height: 30 ft. to 60 ft.

Width: 40 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 5, 6, 7, 8

Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Alkaline Soil, Wet Soil. Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Black Spot.

Related Plants

Aesculus californica, Aesculus x carnea 'Briotii', Aesculus glabra, Aesculus hippocastanum, Aesculus parviflora, Aesculus pavia
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