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Sale Aesculus pavia (red buckeye)

Aesculus pavia (red buckeye)

$29.00
Next available Monday or Tuesday

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We are propagating more - they will be ready in May 2019. Please check back or email us to be put on the wait list.

Red buckeye is a feast for the eyes when in flower and the parent tree of these seedlings has flowers that are a TRUE deep red (we mention this because we read that sometimes the tree flowers greenish, though we've never seen that). Can you name many another native southeastern trees with showy red flowers? There are only a few! (hint: red maple, red dogwood) The flowers are a touted source of nectar for the ruby-throated hummingbird.

When you see the seeds, you'll immediately understand why it's called a buckeye tree. Our plants are seedling grown by us from seeds from Dr. Michael Dirr's garden.

The smaller stature is a coveted asset for those of us with smaller gardens.

This just in, I read on Backyard Wildlife Connection that Red Buckeye is listed as one of the 10 top native hummingbird nectar plants. Whoo hoo!

  • native flowering tree
  • small tree ideal for smaller spaces
  • pollinator plant: flowers are nectar source for ruby-throated hummingbirds
  • bird food
Common Name
red buckeye
Other Names
n/a
USDA Hardiness Zones
4a-8b
Size
small
Class
flowering tree
Shape
round
Height
10-30'
Width
10-30'
Growth Rate
slow
Flower Color
red
Showy Flower?
yes
Flower Season
spring
Leaf Colors
  • Summer: dark green
  • Fall: none
Fall Leaf Color Quality
poor
Ornamental Bark?
no
Bark Feature
gray plates and scales
Native to USA?
yes
Native To
U.S.
Soil Moisture Requirements
moist-but-draining
Soil pH Requirements
acid
Light Requirements
full sun, part shade
To Make It Thrive
plenty of moisture but a well-drained soil, part shade for best foliage retention through summer but full sun for best flowering (your call)
Plant Patent
n/a

It's August and there are no leaves on the tree, is it dead?

No, it's not dead. Red buckeye along with a handful of other trees tend to loose their leaves in late summer, even before fall. We feel this is a small disadvantage compared to the fact that the flowers are a nectar source. Other examples of late summer defoliation are Betula nigra (river birch) and some cherry trees.

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

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