The trees at Keele

We have over 150 species of tree on campus, not counting the 240 species and varieties of Flowering Cherry! Amongst them are many of our common native species as well as some more unusual ones. So, if you can't tell a Beech from a Birch or just want to know a bit more about them then read on!

Red Horse-chestnut  Aesculus x carnea

Red Horse-chestnut

Origin: This is a fertile hybrid between the Horse Chestnut A. hippocastanum and the Red Buck-eye A. pavia. It is commonly planted in parks and garden.

Mitchell doesn't have a good word to say about it and describes it as "inherently dull". Indeed, compared to the familiar Horse Chestnut it is a poor tree. It does not form as shapely a tree and the leaves are smaller and darker. The flower spikes are not as big and the fruit is smooth, rather than spiny.

Location : We have several trees; one opposite the shops, compartment 45a, square M7; one to the side of the Library (illustrated), compartment 30e, square M9