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Aesculus x carnea Hayne

A hybrid between Aesculus hippocastanum L. and Aesculus pavia L.  A hardy tree, to 20m or more, with toothed leaves with five to seven leaftets, and panicles, to 2cm long, of deep pink flowers. [RHSD, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Thought to have originated from a chance cross pollination in Germany about 1820.  ‘The native country of this is not accurately known: it is a smaller tree than the common horse-chestnut.  Its flowers are produced in the month of May; and it is highly deserving encouragement, being one of the most beautiful of our hardy trees.’  [LBC no.1242/1828]. 

History at Camden Park

Probably short lived in the gardens as it is only listed in the 1843 and 1845 catalogues.


Aesculus rubicunda Lodd. is incorrectly related to Aesculus glabra Willd. in IPNI.

Published Feb 21, 2009 - 05:19 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 05:48 PM

The image shows a flowering shoot with deep pink flowers.  Loddiges Botanical Cabinet no.1242, 1828.

Aesculus x carnea Hayne | LBC no.1242/1828 as Aesculus rubicunda | RBGS

Family Hippocastanaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin Germany

  • Aesculus rubicunda Lodd.
Common Name

Red Horse Chestnut

Name in the Camden Park Record

Aesculus rubicunda - Scarlet Horsechesnut 

Confidence level high