|Grid reference||ST 17974 76726|
|Common name||Plantieres chestnut|
|Status||GB Champion 2013|
|Height||15M June 2016|
|Girth||247cm June 2016|
†This tree has not been fully identified, it may be an Aesculus x carnea
This tree is to be found a few yards north of the castle close to the east bank of the feeder canal. It has an obvious graft at 1.45M.
General tree description for Aesculus x carnea 'Plantierensis'
Aesculus x carnea 'Plantierensis' is a cross of the Common horse chestnut, Aesculus hippocastanum, and the Red horse chestnut, Aesculus x carnea (itself a cross of the Common horse chestnut and Red buckeye, Aesculus pavia). It is a large tree with a heavy crown. The leaves are dark green and five to seven-lobed. The flowers are large candles, up to 40cm tall, the same size as those of the A. hippocastanum, and a soft pink colour. This tree does not fruit.
General tree description for Aesculus x carnea
Aesculus x carnea is a cross of the Common horse chestnut, Aesculus hippocastanum, and Red buckeye, Aesculus pavia. It is a medium sized tree, typically less than 20 metres tall. Like the Common horse chestnut it has palmate compound leaves, each with five to seven spreading ovate-oblong leaflets, but Aesculus x carnea's leaves are smaller, crumpled and a darker green. The flowers are dull red candles, 20 to 30cm tall. The fruits are brown, spherical husks with few or no spines, containing seeds, usually two shiny buckeyes.