Aesculus x carnea (Red Horse Chestnut)
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Location: Cultivated all over Europe as a shade tree, in avenues, parks and gardens.
A hybrid arising from the Common Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) and Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia). Height to 18-25m in continental Europe, but frequently much less.
The leaves are dark green and often crinkly with five or sometimes seven almost sessile leaflets.
The red flowers open in May in clusters 12-20cm long developing into the fruit.
The fruit is smaller than the Common Horse Chestnut and less spiny if at all. They split in October to release 2 or 3 brown nuts.