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Aesculus x carnea "Fort McNair"

Posted by mgermain1981 zone 4 (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 19, 13 at 12:54

Hello I have come for a little clarification on the Aesculus x carnea "Fort McNair" or Pink Horse Chestnut Tree. I have purchased this tree for my yard, and have heard conflicting reports on it being messy or not.

On some web pages they say it does not produce seed, and other web pages it says they do produce seed. Hopefully there is a professional out there that can shed some light for me.

I have planted the tree in a spot that would take it about 10-15 years for the canopy to actually be over our driveway. At that time the tree, if messy, would become a huge nuisance. I would rather move it now than later!

Thank you for your time in advance on my query.

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RE: Aesculus x carnea "Fort McNair"

i have oneills red...

in 13 years.. its grown from 5 to 15 feet tall ... maybe 10 wide ...

and has produced no more than 10 or 15 CHESTNUTS per year ... IF!!!! the flowers dont get hit with a late frost/ freeze .... and that seems to happen every other year or so ....

mine is not what i would call a vigorous grower ... and i suspect your will be no different ... and your season is shorter than mine ...

the nuts are extremely beautiful to look at ... but i have never had enough to try eating them ....

i think you are over thinking it ....


RE: Aesculus x carnea "Fort McNair"

Thanks for your response Ken. I do agree with on over thinking this. But its good to hear that it won't be raining nuts and sticky stuff all over the place! I will definitely leave the tree where it is, and am happy I bought it.

RE: Aesculus x carnea "Fort McNair"

I also have Ft. McNair. Been with me now for 9 years. As ken said it is not a vigorous grower. Mine blooms well, has neve been affected by frost in my zone 5. Every year, it has produced nuts, a lot of them. They grow to about slightly smaller than marbles then fall off and disappear into the grass. Really the messier part of the tree would be all the 6/7 inch long stems from the blossoms that litter the ground. In the grass, they are easily mowed into/with the grass. On a driveway could be easily swept up I suppose.

RE: Aesculus x carnea "Fort McNair"

Good to know. Is that your tree in the picture..... it looks amazing!! Does your tree litter anything that is sticky?

So after the tree blooms the whole stick with blossom falls off? That's interesting, and yes would be easy to pick up or mow.

Thanks for your response.

RE: Aesculus x carnea "Fort McNair"

That is my tree.

Nothing sticky except those tiny little nuts have a tacky feel if you roll them between your fingers.

I too have read it both ways on the seed production thing.

RE: Aesculus x carnea "Fort McNair"

look at that magnificant root flare!

RE: Aesculus x carnea "Fort McNair"

As it's a 'horsechestnut', the seeds are not considered to be edible, as are true chestnuts.
Some scientific texts declare them to be poisonous - but I'm aware of people eating them with no untoward results... may be one of those 'the dose makes the poison' deals.

RE: Aesculus x carnea "Fort McNair"

I notice the root flare too idabean. I wonder what type of rootstock it's grafted onto. Obviously the rootstock is more vigorous growing than the tree. The tree itself is absolutely gorgeous!

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