Red Horse Chestnut

There is a group of tall elegant trees at the east end of Greenwood House near to the converted church. They have similar leaves to the horse chestnut but not identical. The flowers also resemble the horse chestnut and are clustered like decorative candelabra on the branches but are a beautiful deep pink with yellow patches. I noticed years ago that the fruits (conkers) from these trees were mostly ovoid and spineless, and were empty and sterile. I wondered what variety they were and had previously concluded that they were probably Indian Chestnut Trees. Now I think differently. They are more like Red Horse Chestnut trees which are a hybrid between a Horse Chestnut and a Red Buckeye. What ever they are they are exquisite.

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