Red Horse Chestnut (Aesculus x carnea)

 

The flower of the Red Horse Chestnut

The flower of the Red Horse Chestnut

The Red Horse Chestnut is a hybrid tree. It is a good Balkan – USA mix! Little is known of the origins of this cross, but it is hybrid between the Common Horse Chestnut, native to Albania and Greece, and the American Red Buckeye. Both trees are in the same Aesculus genus. According to the literature, it is a popular tree planted in parks and gardens throughout Europe, but the only one I have seen in Belgrade is in the front yard of our Middle School campus. The Common Horse Chestnut is planted more often, especially in the parks and streets in Senjak. It looks very similar to Horse Chestnut, except with a splash of pink. 

 

The Internatioanal School of Belgrade features a Red Horse Chestnut

The Internatioanal School of Belgrade features a Red Horse Chestnut

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3 thoughts on “Red Horse Chestnut (Aesculus x carnea)

  1. For anyone’s information, this is one of the most beautiful trees available for a specimen. It is also loved by both butterflies and hummingbirds. So welcome it to your garden. It is disease resitant and a cultivar of native species, for you “Green” people. In otherwords, besides beauty, you should have also chosen it for all its other attributes.

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