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Bottlebrush buckeye is a large shrub with large white flowers.
The compound palmate leaves, reminiscent of palm fronds, are distinctive. You'll see this buckeye shrub in big parks or expanse sweeps of lawn with plenty of root space and that's appropriate - it layers and will colonize (that's good!) and the roots need rich soil and growing space to tap ample water.
The spikes of white flowers are showstoppers, then comes fall with the yellow leaf color and buckeyes (the seeds) popping out of their wrappers. Collect those buckeyes and plant them! But . . . make sure the squirrels don't dig them up and eat them (cover your pots with wire cloth until the seeds germinate).
it's a slow-moving colonizer gently sending out lower branches that touch the ground and root to take over a large area, potentiall becoming a giant round shrub (some new branches may also come up from the roots)
USDA Hardiness Zones
flowering shrub, deciduous
Spring: light green
Summer: dark green
Fall Leaf Color Quality
Native to USA?
Soil Moisture Requirements
moist-but-draining, no standing water
Soil pH Requirements
sun, part shade, shade
To Make It Thrive
In the Deep South, place it in at least partial shade or afternoon shade. Further north, full sun is tolerable. In any region, plant it in soils rich with organic matter and give it extra water when the clouds don't. As with so many shade plants, it does flower better when it gets more sun, but it grows more contentedly in lots of shade. With this balance to be achieved, look for areas amongst trees with gaps of sun or situations where it gets morning sun, but afternoon shade. We'll say it one more time, water bottlebrush buckeye during periods of drought - otherwise it will wilt.
How is bottlebrush buckeye different from other buckeyes? It's different in two main ways: 1) it has large white flowers 2) it's a shrub rather than a tree