Trees

Buckeye, Red Aesculus pavia

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: 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:
The Red Buckeye falls into the following type(s): 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.

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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