Georgia Gardener Newsletter Cool Plant: July 13, 2006
Without a doubt, this shrub ranks in my top 5 picks for landscapes that have the room to
accommodate it. Bottlebrush buckeye is native to the central and southern parts of Alabama and
Georgia where it is often found in low, rich areas near creeks and streams. Although
naturally growing in partial to moderate shade, it will also grow in full sun if
provided a rich, loose soil high in organic matter.
Enormous spikes of white flowers upwards of 24 inches long are produced in July.
The flowers attract both hummingbirds and butterflies. Unlike other species of buckeyes,
the bottlebrush buckeye maintains attractive foliage into the fall at which time
it will turn a nice shade of butter yellow before frost.
The mature size of a bottlebrush buckeye can be 12 feet tall and wide. Keep this in mind
when choosing a planting location. Deer resistant. All parts of this plant are poisonous.
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