Aesculus pavia at Roath Mill Gardens

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Aesculus pavia
March 2015

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Aesculus pavia
mid May 2016

Grid reference ST 19706 77983
Common name Red buckeye
Origin Southern USA
Deciduous Yes
Status Wales Champion 2015
Height 8.5M March 2015
Girth 107cm March 2015
Reference 63

This tree is on the northerly bank of the brook, enclosed by railings beside the footbridge.

Aesculus pavia bark

Aesculus pavia bark
March 2015

Aesculus pavia fruit

Aesculus pavia fruit
early August 2015

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Aesculus pavia emerging flowers
mid April 2016

Aesculus pavia flower

Aesculus pavia flower
mid May 2016

General tree description

Aesculus pavia is a small tree, about 8 metres tall, with a bushy shape and smooth grey bark. It has small (8 to 12cm across) palmate leaves with five leaflets, glossy green, turning orange-red in autumn. The flowers are crimson and come in early summer in panicles 15cm long. The fruits are light brown, smooth and pear-shaped.

This tree is not common in Britain and is described in the Tree Register Handbook (2011) as "occasional", meaning there are "individuals in many large gardens or towns but more generally absent".