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Sale New Aesculus flava (yellow buckeye)

Aesculus flava (yellow buckeye)

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Yellow buckeye, a giant flowering tree of the Appalachians, comes down the mountain and does just fine away from the other mountain folk (mountain trees, in this case). Stately, showy, native, and shady.

If you have space to let it dominate and you want something a little different than typical shade trees, why not give this a try?

The yellow-green flowers are a well-documented source of nectar for hummingbirds and pollen for bees. We found an interesting website with ecoregional guides to pollinator plants. I read the Appalachian guide because that's our ecoregion, or nearly so, and, sure-enough, it listed Aesculus flava both as a pollinator plant AND a host plant for hummingbirds and bees. We read so much without sound sources (people just repeating each other), that I latch on to references like these and keep the pdf on my desktop. Here's the website link to the Pollinator Partnership ecoregion guides so you can do the same.

When you see the seeds, you'll immediately understand why it's called a buckeye tree - they aren't edible for you and me, but the squirrels love them!

Our plants are seedling grown by yours truly from seeds from Dr. Michael A. Dirr's garden.

We have two smaller buckeyes - the tree type Aesculus pavia (red buckeye) and the large shrub Aesculus parviflora (bottlebrush buckeye).

  • bacterial leaf scorch is rare
  • large showy flowering tree (most showy flowering trees are small in stature)
  • uncommon and underused native shade tree if you're looking for something different (we always are!)
Common Name
yellow buckeye
Other Names
A. octandra
USDA Hardiness Zones
4a-8a
Size
large
Class
flowering tree
Shape
oval
Height
50-80'
Width
30-50'
Growth Rate
average
Flower Color
yellow
Showy Flower?
yes
Flower Season
spring
Leaf Colors
  • Summer: dark green
  • Fall: orange
Fall Leaf Color Quality
good
Ornamental Bark?
no
Bark Feature
gray plates and scales
Native to USA?
yes
Native To
U.S.
Soil Moisture Requirements
average garden, moist-but-draining
Soil pH Requirements
acid
Light Requirements
full sun
To Make It Thrive
Give it deep soil for the roots (no underlying rock).
Plant Patent
n/a
Is this the same as A. octandra?
Yes, A. octandra I the old name.

Is this edible?
No, only squirrels can eat the buckeyes and they love them!

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