Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous
Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, rich, average, loam, sand
Bloom Time: June, July
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant, fall interest, ornamental foliage, poisonous
Pricing & Availability
Aesculus parvifloraAlso known as:
Aesculus parviflora is an exceptional shrub with a dense, mounded growing habit. Typically broader than it is tall, it can reach a mature height in excess of 10'. It is spectacular in bloom, when it produces an abundance of large, white, 12" long feathery spikes. The leaves are large, palmately compound with 5 to 7 leaflets, deep-green turning to vivid shades of yellow in fall. The lower branches cascade down to the ground, providing a seamless transition with any surrounding plantings or lawn.
Native to a limit range of woodlands in Georgia and Alabama, bottlebrush buckeye has been introduced as far north as Pennsylvania where it performs remarkably well. It is highly adaptable, can be grown in full sun, and is also among the showiest flowering shrubs for shade. It does not tolerate extended dry conditions, and prefers moist, well-drained soil that is slightly acidic and rich in organic material. This a broad multi-stemmed shrub with suckering tendencies, so it should be planted a spot where it will have room to expand. An excellent choice for foundation plantings, woodland margins, or growing under the canopy of shade trees. Zones 5-8
The easiest propagation method is by root cuttings, although softwood cuttings can be successfully performed. Seed set is unreliable in colder areas, due to the shortened growing season. If seeds are collected, they should be sown fresh, as soon as ripe, and not be allowed to dry out.
Aesculus parviflora is an exceptionally attractive shrub for landscaping purposes. Its flowers are also extremely attractive to pollinators, including hummingbirds and butterflies. The seeds are poisonous, and should not be ingested.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, DC, GA, NJ, PA, SC
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