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Aesculus parviflora (Bottlebrush Buckeye)

Bottlebrush Buckeye, Dwarf Buckeye, Dwarf Horse Chestnut

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Aesculus Parviflora, Bottlebrush Buckeye, Dwarf Buckeye, Dwarf Horse Chestnut, White Flowers, Shade Plant, Plants for Shade,
Aesculus Parviflora, Bottlebrush Buckeye, Dwarf Buckeye, Dwarf Horse Chestnut, White Flowers, Shade Plant, Plants for Shade,

One of the best summer-flowering shrubs for shade areas, multiple award-winner Aesculus parviflora (Bottlebrush Buckeye) is prized for its spectacular blooms of erect white flower panicles with red anthers and pinkish filaments. Blooming for weeks from early to mid-summer, the flowers are a real delight to hummingbirds and butterflies. They are held above the nicely contrasting foliage of palmate leaves which open bronze, and mature dark green before turning attractive shades of yellow in fall. The flowers are followed by tan-brown, pear-shaped fruits, 1-2 in. in length (2-5 cm) which are inedible and provide a little ornamental contribution to the plant. Winter hardy, this beautiful suckering, deciduous shrub is native to the rich woodland areas in Alabama, Georgia, and northern Florida.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society, the Theodore Klein Plant Award (Kentucky), the GreatPlants award of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, and the Gold Medal of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
  • Grows in a dense, mounded, multi-stemmed shrub up to 8-12ft. tall (240-360 cm) and spreads 8-15 ft. (250-450 cm).
  • Thrives in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun, part shade, or even full shade. Prefers rich, moist loams. Intolerant of dry soils, particularly in the early years before its root system becomes well established.
  • Excellent background plant for shady and moist areas, ideal as a specimen plant in a lawn, for hedges and screens or planted in groups in shrub borders and woodland gardens.
  • Easy to grow, thriving on neglect (no pruning required), and fairly pest-free. Bottlebrush Buckeye is also rabbit tolerant. Watch for canker, coral spot, and leaf spot that may be a problem
  • Propagate from suckers.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 4 - 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Sapindaceae
Genus Aesculus
Common names Bottlebrush Buckeye, Chestnut, Buckeye
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid)
Fall
Height 8' - 12'
(240cm - 3.7m)
Spread 8' - 15'
(240cm - 4.6m)
Spacing 96" - 120"
(240cm - 3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Native Plants United States, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Northeast, Southeast, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina
Tolerance Full Shade, Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut)
Aesculus californica (California Buckeye)
Aesculus x neglecta ‘Erythroblastos’ (Painted Buckeye)
Aesculus flava (Yellow Buckeye)
Aesculus pavia (Red Buckeye)
Aesculus x carnea (Red Horsechestnut)

Recommended Companion Plants

Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ (Solomon’s Seal)
Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’ (Summersweet)
Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop)
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Hosta (Plantain Lily)
Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)
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 4 - 8
Heat Zones 4 - 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Sapindaceae
Genus Aesculus
Common names Bottlebrush Buckeye, Chestnut, Buckeye
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid)
Fall
Height 8' - 12'
(240cm - 3.7m)
Spread 8' - 15'
(240cm - 4.6m)
Spacing 96" - 120"
(240cm - 3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Native Plants United States, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Northeast, Southeast, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina
Tolerance Full Shade, Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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