|Grid reference||ST 15523 76958|
|Common name||Red horse chestnut|
|Height||14M July 2016|
|Girth||227cm @ 1.3M May 2016|
This tree is the first on the east side of the Chestnut avenue leading north from the bandstand. Its girth measurement was taken immediately above the graft at 1.3M.
General tree description
Aesculus x carnea 'Briotii' is a variant of the Red horse chestnut, Aesculus x carnea, itself a cross of the Common horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) and Red buckeye (Aesculus pavia). It can reach 25 metres tall. The leaves are large (though smaller than the Common horse chestnut) and dark green with five to seven jaggedly-toothed leaflets. The flowers are bright red-pink upright candles, larger than those of Aesculus x carnea. They are followed by fruits - slightly prickly husks, each typically containing two or three nuts.