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Bottlebrush Buckeye

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Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora)One of the best shrubs for massing over a large area, this beauty suckers to form large impenetrable colonies; when adorned with showy white flower spikes in summer, it can be a sight to behold; use appropriately, definitely not for the average garden

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
8 feet
Average Landscape Width:
12 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Aesculus
Species:
parviflora
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
in early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
yellow
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
spreading
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Bottlebrush Buckeye features showy spikes of white flowers with red anthers rising above the foliage in early summer. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The large palmate leaves turn yellow in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Bottlebrush Buckeye is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its strikingly bold and coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced landscape composition.

Planting & Growing

Bottlebrush Buckeye will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is native to parts of North America.

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