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Red Horsechestnut, Red Horse Chestnut 'Briottii'

Aesculus x carnea

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aesculus (ES-kew-lus) (Info)
Species: x carnea
Cultivar: Briottii
Additional cultivar information:(A. hippocastanum x A. pavia)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


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)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

San Leandro, California

Fort Collins, Colorado

Ellijay, Georgia

Hanna City, Illinois

Clermont, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Bishopville, Maryland

Cincinnati, Ohio

Manquin, Virginia

Cambridge, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 3, 2015, janelp_lee from Toronto, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

It is more common now I see them in Toronto as trees on the street and parks those public areas, rows of them.

It is quite pretty when they are blooming! Very easy to grow!


On Sep 4, 2014, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:


Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, fertile soils. Foliage tends to scorch and generally depreciate in dry conditions. Once established, it can be difficult to transplant because of its taproot. Plants produce viable seed.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Red horse chestnut is a hybrid (A. hippocastanum x A. pavia) that was discovered in Europe in 1812. It is a small, oval to rounded, deciduous tree that grows 30-40 tall, and is perhaps best noted for its attractive red flowers. It features dark green palmate compound leaves with 5 (less frequently 7) spreading ovate-oblong leaflets (6-10 long). Leaflets have doubly-toothed margins. Fall color is somewhat undistinguished. Ver... read more


On Sep 4, 2014, humulus_lupulus wrote:


On May 11, 2005, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This plant has proven quite tough even as it was in constantly wet soil for a couple months followed by completely dry soil for a couple months after its planting. Here in central Illinois it tends to flower starting in late April through mid to late May. I would expect a good three to four weeks of flowers from this tree depending upon the weather. We had a light freeze in late April and it didnt affect the flowers or foliage a bit. Come summer there is a bit of leaf browning from disease but it doesnt become a significantly noticable problem. Briotti provides a truly rare flower color for a tree growing in a temperate climate, and makes an excellent shade tree when its gotten to a more mature size. A foot of growth is considered good for one year. *UPDATE 4-5-07* We are experien... read more