red horsechestnut Hippocastanaceae Aesculus xcarnea
Leaf:Opposite, palmately compound with 5 (sometimes 7), obovate, serrate leaflets each 4 to 6 inches long, dark green above and paler below.
Flower:Beautiful, upright cluster of pink tubular (red in cultivar "Briotii")flowers, each cluster 5 to 8 inches long; appearing in spring.
Fruit:Nearly round with thick, leathery somewhat spiny husks enclosing 1 to 3 smooth, chestnut brown seeds; ripening in the fall.
Twig:Stout, light-brown with raised lenticels, large opposite shield-shaped leaf scars, large pointed orange-brown buds are often paired at the ends of twigs.
Bark:Splotchy gray-brown, initially smooth but with size will develop scaly patches.
Form:Upright, 30 to 40 feet tall with a round crown.