This site is for people who like plants -- growers, enthusiasts, aesthetes, novices and professionals, those who appreciate wild things and those who appreciate the cultivated. I garden in Chelsea, and I've been visiting people's yards for 20+ years in the course of my work. My goal is to make this blog a community project, so if you share my interests, please consider becoming a participant and contributing content -- Guerin. Info: guerinw@gmail.com

Monday, May 7, 2012

Hybrid horsechestnut

On a drive from point A to point B in Chelsea yesterday, I had to stop and take a picture of this yellow-flowered buckeye. The homeowner identified it as "Autumn Splendor" horsechestnut, Aesculus x arnoldiana, which she had purchased from Gee Farms in Stockbridge. In my opinion the flowers are certainly no improvement over those of the the parent species, A. flava and A. pavia (yellow and red buckeye respectively, both species from eastern North America). But, as the name implies, this hybrid is supposed to put on a show of color in the fall. I'll try to remember to check back in September.

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