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Aesculus × carnea 'Briotii'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Dark Pink in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Yellow in Autumn

Fruit

Green in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

red horse chestnut 'Briotii'

Family

Sapindaceae


Aesculus can be deciduous trees or large shrubs with showy flowers, palmately-lobed leaves and sometimes good autumn colour

'Briotii' is a medium-sized deciduous tree with a compact rounded crown. Leaves with 5-7 dark green leaflets. Flowers bright rosy-pink, in erect panicles to 20cm in length. Fruit with few spines

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Only suitable for large gardens

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Can get horse chestnut scale and leaf-mining moths

Diseases

A canker, Coral spot and a leaf spot may be a problem