Bottlebrush Buckeye

Buckeye FoliageVirtues: A coarse-textured deciduous shrub with large white spring flowers and nice golden fall foliage. Great flowering shrub for the shade. Deer resistant. Flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Common name: Bottlebrush buckeye

Botanical name: Aesculus parviflora

Buckeye FlowersFlowers: Large spikes of white flowers appear in late spring through early summer. They look very much like bottlebrushes, as the common name suggests. Inedible nuts called buckeyes develop in the warmer regions of its growing range.

Foliage: Large leaves, made up of 5 to 7 leaflets, give the shrub a bold, coarse texture. Leaves are medium green in summer but turn golden yellow in fall.

Habit: Deciduous suckering shrub, 8 to 12 feet tall and wide.

Season: Early summer for flowering; fall for foliage color.

Origin: Rich woods of the lower Southeast, into northern Florida.

Cultivation: Grow in part shade to full shade. Prefers evenly moist, well-drained soils, but tolerates wet soil as well. Seeds and foliage are poisonous if ingested. Deer resistant. USDA Zones 4–8.

Images courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden PlantFinder.

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  1. I recently moved from a home in Westchester county, New York, where we had lived for 20 years. We inherited a mature Bottlebrush buckeye, which was fabulous. It flowered reliably every 4th of July, adding a spectacular touch to the garden.
    I would love to get a replacement for our new home in the Woodstock, NY area – do you know of any sources for Bottlebrush buckeye, either mail order or otherwise? I’d want something of a decent size.

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