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Red Horsechestnut

Botanical Name
Aesculus x carnea
Min Zone
5
Max Zone
8
Height
30 to 40 feet
Width
30 to 40 feet
Flowers
Panicle, 6 to 10 inches, pink to red
Fruit
Glossy brown nuts in prickly capsules
Fall Color
Brown
Light
Full sun
Soil
Moist, well-drained
Planting & Care
  • More tolerant of dry soils than horsechestnut, but still grows best in moist soil
  • Taproot makes transplanting difficult and recovery from tranplanting slow
  • Large spiny fruits can be messy
Problems
Sunscald on trunk; leaf, twig and fruit litter
Varieties
  • Briotti - 25 to 35 feet tall and wide, birght rose red flowers with yellow throats
  • Fort McNair - 30 feet tall and wide, pink flowers with yellow throats

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