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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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Keep soil moist, but not soggy.

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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
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureFall Color, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist, but not soggy.
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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