Bottlebrush Buckeye: Best Summer-Flowering Shrub For Shade Areas

Bottlebrush Buckeye: Best Summer-Flowering Shrub For Shade Areas

bottlebrush buckeye

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Aesculus parviflora, or more commonly called bottlebrush buckeye is a shrubby relative of the tough horse chestnut. This medium to large multi-stemmed (suckering) bush is dotted with gorgeous 12 inch long spidery white flower spikes in mid-summer. In early spring the new leaves emerge a lovely salmon pink that soon turns to a deep rich green for the growing season.

Bottlebrush buckeye is noted for being one of the best summer-flowering shrubs for shade areas. It typically reaches a height of 6 to 12 feet. The foliage features palmate green leaves (5 to 7 leaflets).  Blooms are erect, showy, cylindrical panicles (up to12 inches in length) of tubular white flowers with conspicuous red anthers and pinkish filaments. Mid-summer bloom can be spectacular. Flowers give way to glossy inedible, pear-shaped nuts (buckeyes) encased in husks.

Foliage turns yellow in autumn.

How To Make Your Bottlebrush Buckeye Thrive

Bottlebrush buckeye thrives in part shade to full shade (prefers semi-shade), and prefers rich, moist loams. Bottlebrush buckeye is intolerant of dry soils, particularly in the early years before its root system becomes well established; it grows best with regular watering during dry weather. Pruning is typically unnecessary. Though native to rich woodland areas in Alabama, Georgia and northern Florida, it is winter hardy throughout the US down to Zone 5.

General Bottlebrush Buckeye Information

Pests and Diseases

No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

Bottlebrush buckeye is an excellent lawn specimen. It can also be grouped or planted in mass in shrub borders, or woodland areas.

Quick Facts

  • Family: Sapindaceae
  • Common Name: Bottlebrush buckeye
  • Plant Type: Mounding shrub
  • Foliage Type: Deciduous
  • Plant Height: 8 to 12 feet
  • Plant Width: 8 to 12 feet
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 4 to 9
  • Flower Color: White
  • Bloom Time: June to July
  • Bloom Description: White with red anthers
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or light shade
  • Water Requirements: Regular watering
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Seasonal Interest: Summer flowers, autumn foliage color
  • Attracts: Butterflies
  • Suggested Uses: Naturalize, Rain Garden
  • Tolerates: Rabbit, Deer, Erosion, Dry Soil, Wet Soil

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