February 4, 2023
Aesculus x carnea 'Briotii'

Aesculus x carnea 'Briotii'

Aesculus x carnea ‘Briotii’ is a medium-sized tree and it is a hybrid from Aesculus pavia or commonly known, the Red Buckeye, and Aesculus hippcastanum or commonly known, the Horse Chestnut.

It belongs to the Sapindaceae family of plants. Aesculus x carnea ‘Briotii’ is also known as Ruby Red Horse Chestnut, Red Horse Chestnut or Red flowered Horse Chestnut. It is believed it the hybrid was originated in Germany in the 19th century. It is named after Pierre Louis Briot (1804-1888), a French horticulturist. The name carnea refers to its deep pink color.

Aesculus x carnea 'Briotii'
Aesculus x carnea ‘Briotii’

Description of Aesculus x carnea ‘Briotii’:

Aesculus x carnea ‘Briotii’ can grow to 6m or 20ft tall. Aesculus x carnea ‘Briotii’ is a deciduous tree. The dark green foliage is a palmate compound. It has 5 to 7 oblong leaflets that are doubly-toothed.

Flowers are eye-catching. They are erect panicles of up to 20cm or 8in. The flowers are pink. It flowers in late spring, in May. After flowering, Aesculus x carnea ‘Briotii’ produces capsules. Each capsule contains 2 or 3 nuts. The nuts are poisonous.

Aesculus x carnea 'Briotii'
Aesculus x carnea ‘Briotii’ at Hyde Park, London, UK

How to grow Aesculus x carnea ‘Briotii’:

Grow Aesculus x carnea ‘Briotii’ in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in well-drained but moist and fertile soil. Aesculus x carnea ‘Briotii’ is not ideal for small gardens. Propagate Aesculus x carnea ‘Briotii’ from seed or grafting. Watch out for horse chestnut scale, leaf-mining moths, canker, or coral spot.

Aesculus x carnea 'Briotii'
Aesculus x carnea 'Briotii'
Aesculus x carnea ‘Briotii’
Aesculus x carnea 'Briotii'
Aesculus x carnea ‘Briotii’ at Hyde Park, London, UK

Also read Aesculus hippocastanum.

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