To lump this distinguished small tree with more coarse horsechestnuts is inappropriate, as it has tremendous ornamental appeal. Shiny, scorch-free foliage and bright red spring flowers command attention. Tolerates heat well, stays small, and blooms freely even in shade. Among Aesculus this one is an aristocrat that merits far wider use in the trade. Truly a "Wow!" plant.
Aesculus x carnea 'Briotii' (Briotii Red Horsechestnut)
A hybrid of A. hippocastanum and A. pavia with intermediate characteristics. Best used in a broad, open landscape so it doesn't become crowded. Flowers are an attractive pink, splashed with yellow inside.
Widely adapted and tolerant of damp soils, our US native Pawpaw has been under-used as a landscape tree but is attracting substantial attention. This genus is the exclusive food plant for native Zebra Swallowtail butterfly larvae in the East. Nodding purple flowers are unlike those of any other American tree - curious with their three-lobes, pollinated by flies. The perishable fruits have a memorably delicious taste, are nutritious, and resemble the tropical mango. Bold leaves turn a pleasing yellow in autumn. Our seedlings are greenhouse-grown in root-pruning containers for excellent transplant success.
Essentially the tree form of witchhazel. It naturally becomes a low-branched tree, typically two-thirds as broad as it is tall. Bark exfoliates on older branches; leaves turn brilliant red, yellow and orange in autumn. With a bit of selective pruning when it's young, but minimal care thereafter, it becomes a medium-sized tree of appealing form. Maroon spring flowers are small, easily missed but attractive, rewarding the curious.