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Aesculus x carnea Briotii

Red horse chestnut

Exotic looking flowers in early summer

The Red Horse Chestnut is a familiar tree of the British countryside. Praticularly noticeable when the exotic looking rose red flowers appear in spring and early summer above the large handsome green leaves.


A tree more suited to parks and larger gardens, preferring sun or light shade.


Happy in any well-drained soil.

Briotii' is a more compact form first raised in 1858

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering April - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 1000 cm - 1500 cm
Plant width 800 cm - 1200 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 1000 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site City garden

Typically available

From February to September