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P1040369

Observed: 29th April 2011 By: Ben le RoterBen le Roter’s reputation in PlantsBen le Roter’s reputation in Plants
P1040369
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Description:

curious about the presence of red/pink on some flowers and yellow on others

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) interacts

Comments

anonymous spotter's picture

Horse Chestnut flowers -

www.rfs.org.uk
reports that "The pink and red flowered forms are hybrids between the horse chestnut and red American buck-eyes. A new fruitless cultivar is on the market for situations where the flowers are prized but people do not want small boys throwing sticks and sundry missiles up into the canopy to dislodge the best "conkers" to engage in combat with their peers."

MrG's picture

Flower colour

According to Collins Tree Guide the flowers start yellow and turn red after pollination. Therefore, both colours can be present at the same time even for A. hippocatanum. The hybrid mentioned by RogerR is presumably Red Horse Chestnut (A. x carnea).