Red Horse-chestnut - Aesculus carnea

    Alternative names
    Red Horse Chestnut

    A fertile hybrid it is a smaller tree than the White Horse-chestnut, with darker green leaves, some shoots lacking terminal buds. Smaller short stalked leaflets are broadest at the middle. Flowers with 4 equal plain pink or dull red petals in erect panicle. Stamens just longer than the petals. Smaller russet husked fruits with few or no spines

    Similar Species

    White flowered Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)

    Identification difficulty

    Mature trees, sometimes found in church yards and similar locations, and are probably the result of unrecorded planting.

    When to see it

    Flowering - May.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Occasional records, mostly from England south of the Wash.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was not included.

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