Red Horsechestnut, Red Horse Chestnut, Bottlebrush Buckeye
Aesculus x carnea 'Fort McNair'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aesculus (ES-kew-lus) (Info)
Species: x carnea
Cultivar: Fort McNair

Category:

Trees

Height:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Spacing:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clermont, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Bishopville, Maryland

Lowell, Massachusetts

Rochester, Michigan

Belmont, North Carolina

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Parkesburg, Pennsylvania

Cambridge, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Apr 1, 2012, Peoria2 from East Peoria, IL wrote:

We love the flowers on this tree, but for the past two years the leaves have developed yellowing patches known as chestnut leaf blotch -- evidently a fungus. Not pretty. This is its third year in our yard.

Neutral

On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Aesculus carnea 'Fort McNair' RED-FLWD HORSECHESTNUT Dec (z4)
Showy drk-pink lt.spring "candles" rise 6-8"above the handsome deep-grn disease-resistant foliage of this elegant 40-50'high by 30'wide tree; selected at Ft. McNair in Wash.D.C. for its lvs. that don't scorch. S/M

Positive

On Jul 9, 2005, TheBluePoppy from Lowell, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I'm giving this plant a positive review because it is so beautiful. My tree is only about 2 or 3 years old so it is still quite small. However, the one bloom I got this year was spectacular and I can't imagine how beautiful the tree will look in a few years when it is full of these blooms!