A closeup of the bright pink flower spikes of the Fort McNair Horse Chestnut
A closeup of the bright pink flower spikes of the Fort McNair Horse Chestnut with the dark green leaves in the background
A closeup of the bright pink flower spikes of the Fort McNair Horse Chestnut with the dark green leaves surrounding them
A closeup of the bright pink flower spikes of the Fort McNair Horse Chestnut
A closeup of the light to dark green leaves of the Fort McNair Horse Chestnut
A closeup of the bright pink flower spikes of the Fort McNair Horse Chestnut
A closeup of the bright pink flower spikes of the Fort McNair Horse Chestnut with the dark green leaves in the background
A closeup of the bright pink flower spikes of the Fort McNair Horse Chestnut with the dark green leaves surrounding them
A closeup of the bright pink flower spikes of the Fort McNair Horse Chestnut
A closeup of the light to dark green leaves of the Fort McNair Horse Chestnut

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Mature Height: 35' tall
  • Mature Width: 30' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 25-30' apart

LARGE, PINK PYRAMIDAL TROPICAL LOOKING BLOOMS COVER THE TREE IN LATE SPRING

FEATURES:

  • Large green, oval shaped leaves burst onto the tree in spring
  • Cone-shaped light pink flower spikes follow in late spring
  • A stately medium-sized ornamental tree
  • Seedless and fruitless - no mess
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Fort McNair Horsechestnut

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Aesculus x carnea 'Fort McNair'

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Why the Fort McNair Horsechestnut?

Ruby-throated hummingbirds have just returned from their winter homes in Central America when Fort McNair Horse Chestnut (or "Horsechestnut") blooms, and along with honeybees and other pollinators, they eagerly drink up. This remarkable medium-sized ornamental tree sends up scores of big, cone-shaped flower clusters that look like bouquets of orchids. The blooms are set off by large, pleated leaves that add to the tropical vibe this tree will bring to your garden. When summer approaches, you just might pull up a lounge chair under Fort McNair's cooling shade, pour yourself a margarita, and have a little "staycation" in the backyard, while dreaming of a tropical paradise!

This tree is a hybrid between the bold, stately, white-flowering Common Horsechestnut of Southern Europe and the perky little Red Buckeye of the Southeastern U.S. These two species were first crossed in Germany around 1820. This particular selection was chosen from the grounds of the Fort McNair Army Base in Washington, D.C. Fort McNair has been in service since 1791. The British destroyed the Fort in the War of 1812 (after they had burned the Capitol down), but while American forces lost that battle, we won the war, and rebuilt.

How to use in the landscape?

This spectacular specimen tree will be on the "Most Wanted List" in your neighborhood. Gigantic, rosy red flower spikes will create all kinds of excitement in late spring. The dark green, textured leaves provide much needed shade on those hot summer days.

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

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We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 5-8

    Mature Height: 35' tall

    Mature Width: 30' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

    Spacing: 25-30' apart

How To Plant

The Fort McNair is an easy care tree for the landscape with little effort required to be able to enjoy. On the nursery, we carefully work on the proper branching structure and we make sure we remove the lower branches to a level that is proper for years to come.

We also enjoy the large foliage, dark green in Spring. Like any Horsechestnut the foliage will turn yellow as Fall approaches and will most likely be one of the first trees to show fall colors and to drop its leaves. The summer and fall leaves can get leaf spots but no need to battle this at all in your landscape and yard, for Horesechestnut this naturally takes place each season and marks the beginning of Fall.

Fort McNair is a seedless and fruitless selection and is used for shade and the dynamic spring flowers about mid May in the Northeast, earlier in more southern areas.

How To Water

Fort McNair Horsechestnut will appreciate regular water during its first few years in the ground and irrigation during long dry spells after it’s established.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zones: 5-8

 

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How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

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