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RED HORSE-CHESTNUT

Aesculus carnea

Maple Family [Sapindaceae]  

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category8Deciduous
 
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category8Broadleaf
 
status
statusZneophyte
 
flower
flower8bicolour
 
flower
flower8red
 
inner
inner8yellow
 
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1st June 2010, Broughton Manor grounds, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Usually planted, either in parks, or by the roadside.


1st June 2010, Broughton Manor grounds, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Similar to Horse-chestnut, but with red spires of flowers instead of off-white.


1st June 2010, Broughton Manor grounds, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The leaves seem a little shinier and a little floppier than those of Horse-chestnut.


1st June 2010, Broughton Manor grounds, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Flowers in upright spikes. Leaves have a glossy sheen.


1st June 2010, Broughton Manor grounds, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Hard to get close to the flowers without a ladder!


1st June 2010, Broughton Manor grounds, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The flowers are yellow inside, and with projecting anthers.


1st June 2010, Broughton Manor grounds, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Leaves are large, dark-green and palmate with between five and seven un-equal-length leaflets flopping downwards. With prominent herringbone-pattern veins, and many fine forward-pointing teeth.


Not to be confused with : Sweet Chestnut [an un-related tree with similar name]

The Hybrid between : Horse-Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) and Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature : A Horse-chestnut with pink to red flowers.

Mainly a southern UK tree, unlike Horse-Chestnut which is ubiquitous.


  Aesculus carnea  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Sapindaceae  

Distribution
 family8Horse Chestnut family8Hippocastanaceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Aesculus
Aesculus
(Horse-chestnuts)

RED HORSE-CHESTNUT

Aesculus carnea

Maple Family [Sapindaceae]  

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