Red Horsechestnut


Aesculus x carnea

Leaves: Deciduous. Leaves are divided in 5 leaflets, sometimes 7, spreading out like the shape of a hand from one petiole (leaf stem). Leaf edges have serrations on serrations and have an undulating or wavy edge. Leaflets are widest towards their points and 3-6” long. Dark green and lustrous color. Fall color is insignificant, sometimes yellow-brownish.

Bark/Twigs: Bark is dark gray and smooth when young. Gray-brown and very scaly with long plates when older.

Flowers/Fruit: Very showy red to dark pink flowers grow in 6-8” tall and 3-4” wide panicles. Flowers sometimes have a little yellow inside. Blooms in late spring (May). Large, 1½” diameter, brown, shiny, inedible nuts grow in fruit capsules with a somewhat prickly husk.

Mature size and shape:  Medium large. 30-40’h by approximately the same width. May stay smaller in Utah. Rounded shape.

General information/special features: Plant in full sun to partial shade. Moist soil is preferred. Dislikes overly dry soil.

Landscape use and Maintenance: Beautiful ornamental shade tree. Fits well in residential yards. Average growing rate. Average to high maintenance with flowers.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-8

Family/Origin: Hippocastanaceae – Buckeye. A cross between A. hippocastanum and A. pavia, probably from Germany.

Campus use: Somewhat common. Can be found in President's Circle and north of HPER North (Bld 92). The tree on the south of President’s Circle is on the Utah Big Tree Registry.