(Baumann’s horse chestnut )
Discovered in Switzerland the early 19th century, Aesculus Baumannii was propagated from a sport (natural mutation) of the common horse chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum.
It is a large tree with a broad crown, growing well in most soil types and is also tolerant to air pollution.
In spring, the superb show of flowers starts, large double white blooms with pink centres. This tree is sterile so unlike our common horse chesnut it will not develop any conkers; disappointing for the young at heart but an advantage if being used for street planting.
The leaves are large, made up from 5-7 ribbed leaflets and often turn golden brown in autumn.
Name: Aesculus hippocastanum Baumanii
Common Name: Baumann’s horse chestnut
Demands: Grows well in most soils. Also tolerant of air pollution
Foliage: Mid green, large leaves with 5-7 lobes / leaflets
Flower: Large double white flowers with a pink spot at the centre.
Fruit: This variety of Aesculus is sterile and does not produce any fruit.
The double white flowers of Baumann’s horse chestnut
Aesculus hippocastanum Baumanii standard
Lobed leaves - made up of 5-7 leaflets
Aesculus Baumannii 50-60cm girth standard trees
Aesculus Baumannii supplied to the Woolcott and Smith: What will we leave Garden, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013