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Tree of the Week - SEPTEMBER 1, 2003

Fort McNair Horsechestnut FlowerRED HORSECHESTNUT

Aesculus x carnea--Red Horsechestnut
Hardiness Zones: 3 to 7 
Height: 35 ft
Spread: 35 ft 
Form: rounded 
Type: deciduous tree 
Annual Growth Rate: less than 12 inches 
Flowers: Red 

Comments: A small, rounded tree with red flowers in the spring. It may not be as susceptible to foliage problems as other horsechestnut species. The compound leaves are dark green and their size gives the tree a coarse texture. A wonderful centerpiece tree!

Cultivars: 
'Briotti' (Ruby Horsechestnut) - A hybrid tree that bears clusters of bright red flowers and has heat resistant dark, green foliage. 
'Fort McNair' - Flowers pink with a yellow throat.

See also the Yellow Buckeye, or Yellow Horsechestnut, Aesculus flava.

Check out more trees from the Tree of the Week Archive.

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