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Indian Horse Chestnut
Related to the familiar, naturalised horse chestnut, Aesculus indica was brought to this island from the Himalaya in the mid-19th century. A large, deciduous tree, it is smaller, and has a rather more open habit than the horse chestnut. The tree is covered with huge ‘candles’ of creamy-pink flowers in mid-summer, an invalua...
From the eastern United States, Aesculus pavia is a large, deciduous shrub of rounded, bushy habit, sometimes a small, conical tree. The glossy, deep green leaves are palmate (like a hand), as befits this relative of the horse chestnut, with 5-7 narrow leaflets, each 5”/13cm long. Long, upright panicles, 6”/15cm long, of crimson flow...
Originally from the Balkans but long naturalised in Ireland, the familiar Horse Chestnut - Aesculus hippocastanum - is a large, deciduous tree, with a broad, domed, spreading crown and imposing habit. The branches are slightly pendulous, turning up at the tips. The big, sticky buds are very prominent in winter. In May, the tree is...
Related to the familiar horse chestnut, Aesculus x arnoldiana is a natural hybrid between three North American species. A large, deciduous tree, it has a much more open habit than the horse chestnut. Huge ‘candles’ of pale yellow flowers, marked with red and held clear of the leaves cover the tree in late spring, followed in aut...
Red Horse Chestnut
A hybrid of the naturalised horse chestnut and Aesculus pavia, Aesculus x carnea Briotii is a large, deciduous tree with a rounded crown, very similar to, but smaller than the horse chestnut. Magnificent ‘candles’ – conical panicles – of bright pinkish-red flowers with yellow centres appear in May, followed in autumn by green ...
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