Friday, June 5, 2009

Horse Chestnut Flowers

I found some trees where the flowers were closer to the ground,

so I could get some macros.

The horse chestnut is a member of the buckeye family, originating around Turkey.

The book only mentions the white flowers,

but while I was in Woodstock, I saw four trees with pink flowers.

I will have to see if I am up to another visit in late summer,

to see if the nuts are the same. It is seven hours of driving, each way.


Titania said...

It is a long way to go, the flowers of the horse chestnut are spectacular. I always thought they originated from Virginia in the USA. Tradescant brought his first Horse chestnuts from Virginia to England and build an Avenue for James the first in the 17th century.

Bronwynn said...

If they are from Turkey, I'm surprised that the climate here is warm enough for them. I like the last shot, becuase the shape of the flower clusters makes me think of lilacs

George said...

These are beautiful photos of horse chestnut flowers. Thanks for showing the pink blossoms -- they were new to me also.

Arija said...

The horse chestnut, Aesculus hippocastanum originated in the mountain valleys of Greece and Albania. There are 20 species half of them native to N.America, the rest to temperate Europe and Asia.
Aesculus x carnea, the red chestnut is thought to have originated by chance in Germany in the 1880's. Hope this information helps.
Aesculus flava is the Yellow or Sweet Buckeye.

2sweetnsaxy said...

What lovely little flowers. I can honestly say I've never seen this tree or the flowers before. 7 hrs.... that's a long drive.

Rajesh said...

Very beautiful flower and what a variety of colors.

diane said...

What beautiful flowers. I've never seen horse chestnut before. Love the blue and black backgrounds, really shows up the flowers well.

Q said...

Thank you so very much for posting these incredible flowers. I had never heard of the Horse Chestnut....fantastic blooms.
A long drive but worth it to see these trees.


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