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Aesculus flava (Yellow Buckeye)

Yellow Buckeye, Big Buckeye, Sweet Buckeye, Aesculus octandra

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Aesculus flava, Yellow Buckeye, Big Buckeye, Sweet Buckeye, Aesculus octandra, Yellow Flowers, Chestnut
Aesculus flava, Yellow Buckeye, Big Buckeye, Sweet Buckeye, Aesculus octandra, Yellow Flowers, Chestnut
Aesculus flava, Yellow Buckeye, Big Buckeye, Sweet Buckeye, Aesculus octandra, Yellow Flowers, Chestnut
Aesculus flava, Yellow Buckeye, Big Buckeye, Sweet Buckeye, Aesculus octandra, Yellow Flowers, Chestnut

Award-winning Aesculus flava (Yellow Buckeye) is a large deciduous tree of upright-oval to oval-rounded habit with immense secondary branches clothed in palmate compound leaves divided into 5-7 dark green leaflets. In mid to late spring, greenish yellow flowers are borne in erect panicles, 6 in. long (15), but are often almost lost among the leaves. The flowers give way to smooth, pear-shaped, brownish capsules that contain one or two buckeyes. The foliage turns brilliant yellow to pumpkin-orange in the fall. The gray-brown bark features large, flat, smooth plates and scales on mature trunks. This species is regarded as one of the most spectacular and trouble-free as Yellow Buckeye appears less prone to disease than A. x carnea, A. glabra, and A. hippocastanum. A stately landscape tree for parks and large lawns. It may be planted as a shade tree.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 50-70 ft. tall (15-21 m) and 30-50 ft. wide (9-15 m).
  • Thrives in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun or part shade. Prefers moist, fertile, humusy-sandy loams.
  • Keep an eye out for canker, coral spot, leaf spot and horse chestnut scale.
  • Propagate by seed or grafting
  • All parts are mildly poisonous by ingestion.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.
  • Native to North America.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Sapindaceae
Genus Aesculus
Common names Chestnut, Buckeye
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 50' - 70'
(15.2m - 21.3m)
Spread 30' - 50'
(9.1m - 15.2m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia
Attracts Bees
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut)
Aesculus californica (California Buckeye)
Aesculus x neglecta ‘Erythroblastos’ (Painted Buckeye)
Aesculus pavia (Red Buckeye)
Aesculus x carnea (Red Horsechestnut)
Aesculus x carnea ‘Briotii’ (Red Horsechestnut)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Sapindaceae
Genus Aesculus
Common names Chestnut, Buckeye
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 50' - 70'
(15.2m - 21.3m)
Spread 30' - 50'
(9.1m - 15.2m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia
Attracts Bees
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow
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