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Buckeye, Red Aesculus pavia

Red Buckeye - Aesculus pavia
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With an attractive springtime display of showy, deep red flowers, this tall shrub or small tree is quite a delight to many hummingbirds. Drooping, large 3"-6" dark green leaves emerge in early spring before oaks and maples show any sign of life. This plant is for the eagerly desirous as it has a tendency to bloom when it is just 3 feet tall. Likes moist, well-drained soil and partial shade to full sun. Grows 10'-20' high with an equal or larger spread. Makes a great specimen tree.

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Zones 6 - 9 Zones 6 - 9
Hardiness Zones 6 - 9
The Red Buckeye can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Ornamental Tree Ornamental Tree
Type of tree
Ornamental Trees, Shrubs
10' - 20' High 10' - 20' High
Mature Height
The Red Buckeye grows to be 10' - 20' feet in height.
10' - 20' Spread 10' - 20' Spread
Mature Spread
The Red Buckeye has a spread of about 10' - 20' at full maturity.
Slow to Medium Growth Slow to Medium Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a slow to medium growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This buckeye does well in full sun, partial shade.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Red Buckeye grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well drained soils.
Oval Shape Oval Shape
Shape
This buckeye has oval shape.
Attributes

Flourishes in moist, well-drained soil with full sun. Grows 10'-20' high with an equal or larger spread. Can be grown as a shrub or small tree; great as a specimen, as a small shade tree, as part of a shrubbery border or near a deck or patio. Will add several weeks of bright red color during spring.

Description

With an attractive springtime display of showy, deep red flowers, this tall shrub or small tree is quite a delight to many hummingbirds. Drooping, large 3"-6" dark green leaves emerge in early spring before oaks and maples show any sign of life. This plant is for the eagerly desirous as it has a tendency to bloom when it is just 3 feet tall. Likes moist, well-drained soil and partial shade to full sun. Grows 10'-20' high with an equal or larger spread. Makes a great specimen tree.

Wildlife Value

Blossoms attract hummingbirds.

Leaves

Handsome, lustrous dark green foliage. The large, drooping, 3"-6" leaves emerge in early spring before oaks and maples show any sign of life.

Flower Color

Showy, spring-blooming, deep red blossoms