Fort Mcnair Red Horse Chestnut

Aesculus x carnea 'Fort McNair'

A beautiful specimen tree perfectly suited for use in smaller landscapes. The dense, rounded crown of disease resistant, dark green foliage turns a golden yellow in the fall. Showy, dense panicles of pink flowers with yellow throats are very attractive in the spring. Blooms are followed by insignificant seed capsules. Deciduous.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationes-KU-lus KAR-nee-uh
LoreNot to be confused with the edible chestnuts from the species in the genus Castanea, the fruits of horse chestnuts (genus Aesculus) are ornamental and contain a toxin and should not be ingested.
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches 35 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasThis dense deciduous tree creates a handsome specimen lawn tree with a smaller, more rounded habit than the standard European horse chestnut. Its dark green palmate leaves offer a relatively bold texture that pairs well with plants that have finer foliage. A beautiful shade tree, best planted away from sidewalks or driveways where fallen leaves and nuts may fall.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseFirescaping/Firewise, Specimen, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureFall Color, Fruit Poisonous, Improved Disease Resistance, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsEastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis); Chokeberry (Aronia); Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium); Elderberry (Sambucus); Serviceberry (Amelanchier); Gayfeather (Liatris)

Provide deep, well-drained soil; adaptable to a variety of soil types. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune to remove dead or damaged branches in winter.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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