Bottlebrush Buckeye

Scientific Name: Aesculus parviflora

Family: Sapindaceae

Height: 8 – 12 ft.

Spread: 8 – 15 ft.

Bloom Time: June to July

Native Range: Southeastern United States, Pennsylvania

Ecological Value: Nectar source.

Human Value: Ornamental.

August 5, 2020: Our bottlebrush buckeye, affectionately named Edith, started as a balled and burlapped tree planted by landscapers at my parents’ house in Swarthmore. Unfortunately, their large deer herd found her new shoots irresistible. She struggled for two years before my parents gave her to me in the spring of 2019. Mistaking her species, I planted her in full sun for six months before realizing that she was a shade-loving bottlebrush buckeye.

In the September 2019, I moved her to the shadier northeast boundary of the Side Lot. As of August 2020, she seems to be establishing nicely.

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