Red horse chestnut

Aesculus x carnea

Deciduous, a hybrid of unknown origin, but now found throughout Europe.

Red horse chestnuts first appeared in Germany in 1820. They have become popular in large gardens and parks around the world.

They are medium-sized trees – growing up to 25m tall. Red horse cehstnuts provide a dense shade, and have shallow roots. For this reason they were often planted in Germany to cool underground beer cellars. This lead to the tradition of beer gardens.

The chestnuts – also called ‘conkers’ – are used in a children’s game.

The chestnuts are toxic and cannot be eaten.

Find the Red Horse chestnut

Symonds St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand