Aesculus × carnea 'Fort McNair'
Fort McNair Red Horsechestnut

 Plant Type:
 Deciduous / Evergreen:
Pink (6-8" long panicles of yellow-throated pink flowers)
Green (Lustrous, dark green summer foliage); Brown (Brown fall foliage)
Brown (Round brown capsules in the fall; poisonous)
 Ultimate Height:
30-40 feet
 Ultimate Spread:
30-40 feet
Prefers acidic, well-drained soil
Cultivated origin
 Diagnostic Characteristics:
Often slightly recurved and twisted, the opposite, palmately compound leaves have 5-leaflets (occasionally 7). No pubescence under leaf (although petiolules have slight pubescence). Terminal buds not sticky, nor as large, as in Aesculus hippocastanum.

Additional Information

Fort McNair Red Horsechestnut is less suscebtible to leaf scorch, leaf blotch and mildew than the straight species, although it can still contract the diseases. Does not perform well in dry sites; plant in moister soils for best growth and flowering. Flowers at an early age. Prickly fruits may be a problem underfoot. Fruits are poisonous (containing toxic saponins). Often develops branches having narrow crotch angles (branches that should be removed).

3 Aesculus × carnea 'Fort McNair' found

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