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Aesculus parviflora (Bottlebrush Buckeye)

Bottlebrush Buckeye, Dwarf Buckeye, Dwarf Horse Chestnut


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, mature dark green before warming up to 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 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.
  • 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

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 4 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Aesculus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Fall
Height 8' – 12' (240cm – 3.6m)
Spread 8' – 15' (240cm – 4.5m)
Spacing 96" – 120" (240cm – 300cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
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, Northeast, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Southeast, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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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.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 4 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Aesculus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Fall
Height 8' – 12' (240cm – 3.6m)
Spread 8' – 15' (240cm – 4.5m)
Spacing 96" – 120" (240cm – 300cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
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, Northeast, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Southeast, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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