Photo by Melody

Trees, Shrubs and Conifers: Can you identify this tree?

Communities > Forums > Trees, Shrubs and Conifers
bookmark
Forum: Trees, Shrubs and ConifersReplies: 9, Views: 124
Add to Bookmarks
-
AuthorContent
dwendt
Byron Center, MI

May 31, 2013
5:14 PM

Post #9541286

I just saw this tree in a neighbor's yard and was smitten by the beauty of the flowers. I've never seen a tree like this before. It's about 20' high.

Thumbnail by dwendt   Thumbnail by dwendt   Thumbnail by dwendt
Click an image for an enlarged view.

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

May 31, 2013
5:36 PM

Post #9541309

Yes - that's a nice specimen of Red Horsechestnut (Aesculus x carnea).

This plant is a hybrid of North American native Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) and the European Horsechestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum). There are several named selections of Red Horsechestnut, including 'Briotii', 'O'Neill's Red', and 'Ft. McNair'.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/152735/
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1336/
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1656/
UMD_Terp
Central, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 31, 2013
5:50 PM

Post #9541318

It is a very nice tree. One more thing to look forin the spring. Thanks!
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 1, 2013
7:27 AM

Post #9541844

It looks like Ft McNair. Here's a picture of mine in bloom.

Thumbnail by Weerobin
Click the image for an enlarged view.

dwendt
Byron Center, MI

July 8, 2013
9:01 AM

Post #9591441

Thanks everyone,
Weerobin, I think you're exactly right--it's a Ft McNair. My only reluctance in planting it in the landscape is the thorny nuts it drops. Can you tell me if it Drops those nuts profusely? :-)
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2013
4:50 AM

Post #9592564

Hmm, I've never even noticed them, so they must not be too awful.

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

July 9, 2013
6:32 AM

Post #9592666

All Aesculus sp. can form seeds, known as horsechestnuts or buckeyes - though this species (Aesculus x carnea) seems to form fewer than any of the native species, at least here in the Ohio River valley.

All the Aesculus sp. seeds are contained in a skin or capsule when maturing. On some species this skin has a prickly exterior (Ohio Buckeye is quite common, and has some slight prickles). On other species - like Red Buckeye, Yellow Buckeye, Bottlebrush Buckeye - the skin is smooth. In any case, the capsule breaks open and releases the buckeye/horsechestnut seeds often while still on the tree but usually splitting when it hits the ground.

I've never heard anyone complain or even bring up the issue of "thorny nuts." Is that something you've read about? How is the plant performing in your neighbor's yard?

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

July 9, 2013
12:48 PM

Post #9593076

Red Horse-chestnut doesn't produce many seed capsules, and they are (usually) spineless, with at most one or two soft spines.

Resin

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

July 9, 2013
5:24 PM

Post #9593387

I've got a young one at the Valley. I'll try to check it out, see if there are seeds forming and the level of thorniness, and report back.
dwendt
Byron Center, MI

July 9, 2013
6:40 PM

Post #9593459

Thanks Viburnum Valley!!

You cannot post until you register, login and subscribe.


Other Trees, Shrubs and Conifers Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty' evelyn_inthegar 59 Apr 10, 2010 5:27 PM
Mulberry ellenann 8 Mar 29, 2008 2:04 PM
Styrax japonica 'Pink Chimes' rcn48 10 Jun 10, 2008 9:58 AM
Which Trees don't root? Kim_M 37 Aug 26, 2009 6:21 PM
Transplanting sassafrass seedling Rikkashay 14 Jul 13, 2009 12:25 PM


We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America