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Aesculus pavia

Red Buckeye

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Aesculus pavia (Red Buckeye)

This short tree or shrub naturally occurs along streambanks and moist forest understories. It grows best in rich, moist soils. In April, its pikes of showy red flowers, four to eight inches long, are pollinated by ruby-throated hummingbirds. Usually a single-stemmed, rather open shrub, this buckeye is fast-growing and can be short-lived. The palmate leaves offer great texture but the foliage drops naturally in late summer. Brown, egg-shaped fruit in the fall. A good accent plant for large shaded areas, especially when planted in small groves.

Additional Information:


Height
10-20 Feet

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Spread
10-20 Feet

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Red


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Grow in sun or part shade in moist soil.

Good Companions
Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina), Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica), Wild Sweet William (Phlox divaricata), River Birch (Betula nigra)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FAC+

Nature Attracting

Hummingbird

Season of Interest

Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture

Moderate
High

Special Features

Nuts

Sun Exposure

Shade
Medium Sun/Average Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Cover
Nesting