Louis Raymond experiments in his own gardens like

a mad scientist, searching out plants that most people have

never seen before & figuring out how to make them perform.- The Boston Globe

…Louis Raymond ensures that trees can grow in Brooklyn…

or just about any other place where concrete consumes

the dirt and skyscrapers shield the sunshine.- USA Today


NEW Trips to Take!

Myrtle's easy when the conditions are right.


NEW Plants to Try!

Louis tries to capture the exact words to describe the fleeting but deep pleasures to be found in these Summer-into-Autumn incredibles.


New Gardening to Do!

Allergic to bees? You can still have an exciting garden, full of flowers and color and wildlife.


Plant Profiles

Pink-leaved Chestnut, Leafing Out



The leaves—still tightly furled—are noticably more emerged from the protective bud scales.  Their veins are (just for the moment?) cream, and the "flesh" between them (which is still quite unexpanded) pink. 


I think that the veins pink up too as everything inflates to full sail.  We'll all find out together in the days to come.




Here's how to bring this serious Spring pink to your own garden:

Latin Name

Aesculus x neglecta 'Erythroblastos'

Common Name

None that's taken hold.  I vote for Pink-leaved Chestnut. 

What kind of plant is it?

Small deciduous tree.


Zones 4 to 8.


Upright and sparsely-branching.

Rate of Growth

Slow.  All that pink must be exhausting.

Size in ten years

5 - 8 feet tall, 4 - 5 feet wide.  Probably never taller than twenty feet in your lifetime.


Open; casts a dappled shade .

Grown for

Unique deep-pink Spring foliage that (alas) fades to green.  Pale yellow flowers are swell but secondary.

Flowering season



Sun and rich moist soil.

How to handle it

A star when the Spring foliage is on display, but then only a backdrop plant for the Summer.  Ideally, plant in front of dark evergreens so the Spring foliage is highlighted.  Consider underplanting with Summer color (hostas?  daylilies?), and/or growing a Summer-blooming rose or clematis through the branches.  In my experience untroubled by pests or diseases. 


Balancing the temptation to give it a prominent spot for the Spring display, but then keeping that spot interesting enough (via companion plants, as above) to still hold interest in the Summer.


None that can hold a candle to 'Erythroblastos.'


Sometimes in the more adventurous local nurseries, also on-line.



Native habitat













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