Aesculus √ócarnea Hayne

Red Horse Chestnut

Tree to 20 m tall. Buds slightly sticky. New growth not woolly. Leaflets 8-15 cm long, usually 5, stalkless or with very short stalks. Flowers in clusters to 20 cm long; petals 5, pale red and fringed. Fruit globose, 3-4 cm wide and slightly prickly.

This is a tetraploid hybrid, A. hippocastanum × A. pavia, that will grow true from seed. Its origin is uncertain but it was first distributed about 1820, the parent tree believed to be from Germany.

Garden origin.

VIC: Bendigo (near Post Office); Kyneton (Shire car park).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Hippocastanaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Sapindales
family       Sapindaceae
genus        Aesculus L.