Aesculus parviflora
Bottlebrush Buckeye
 
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Family: Horse Chestnut Family (Hippocastanaceae)
Native Habitat: Southeastern U.S.
   

 

This is the most beautiful of summer blooming shrubs. The bottlebrush-like spires, 8 to 15" long, cover the plant beginning in June and lasting into July. If you're a patient gardener, Bottlebrush Buckeye will eventually reward you with the most amazing floral exhibition, but patience is the key. Small container grown plants, in a 2 or 3 gallon size, will usually require 4 to 5 years from planting in your garden to begin to produce a respectable display. The picture to the right is of a clump growing in our display gardens. This clump was originally planted as 6 separate plants, each in a 2 gallon pot. It looked pretty darn good after five years and really dazzled visitors after 7 or 8 years. It occupies the most prized spot in our gardens, flanking the main entrance.

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Ornamental Characteristics: Palmately compound leaves. White, bottlebrush-like blooms up to 15" long in early summer. Slight fragrance. Occasional "buckeye" type fruits in fall. Yellow fall color.
Habit & Growth Rate: Slow grower to 6 to 8 ft. high and wide.
Landscape Uses: Best use is as a specimen shrub. Also good in shrub border.
Hardiness: Zone 4 to 8.
Culture: Will grow from full sun to full shade but best growth in part shade. Average soil moisture OK.
Awards: Award of Garden Merit, Royal Horticultural Society
Recommended Highly, Ohio Nursery & Landscape Assoc.
Gold Medal Plant Award, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society