Georgia Gardener Newsletter Cool Plant: July 13, 2006

Bottlebrush Buckeye
Aesculus parviflora

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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