Horse Chestnut, Red Flowering
(Aesculus x carnea )
This tree is an artificial hybrid between a red buckeye and a horse chestnut. Its origin is unknown, but it probably first appeared in Germany before 1820. The hybrid grows between 67 and 83 feet tall, intermediate between the parent species in most respects, but inheriting the red flower color from the red buckeye. It’s a popular tree in large gardens and parks. Trees number 1 on the Central Campus loop, and number 6 on the West Campus Loop are the ‘Briotii’ cultivar.