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Bottlebrush Buckeye | Plant Profile

Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora) are dense shrubs with an abundance of foliage and flowers. They naturally grow into an irregular mounded shape with flowering panicles that reach above the foliage. The cylindrical flowers are white with small red antlers and pink centers. Spent flowers produce buckeye nuts that are not edible. In the fall the leaves turn yellow before dropping.

Bottlebrush Buckeye prefers fertile, medium moisture, well drained soils in full shade to part shade. Plenty of water is necessary while the root system establishes in the first few years after planting. Pruning is not required.

Bottlebrush Buckeye are popular shrubs for grouping along shaded areas of a landscape. They can line driveways or structures. Their  size (up to 12′) allow them to be used as natural fences between small yards. The large flowers are attractive to butterflies, making them a perfect addition to a pollinator garden or naturalized area.


Bottlebrush Buckeye Characteristics

Bottlebrush Buckeye are large deciduous shrubs that are ideal for heavily shaded areas. The flower bloom in such great quantity that these shrubs are considered to be one of the best flowering shrubs for shaded areas. They can grow to 12' with a slightly wider spread.

These flowering shrubs are hardy additions to any landscape. They are generally able to tolerate soil erosion, wet soils and heavy shade. They are not particularly attractive to deer and rabbits. You can often find butterflies and other pollinators around the large, abundant flowers.

Bottlebrush Buckeye are relatively easy to care for and rarely have serious insect or disease issues.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 4 - 8
8.00 - 12.00
8.00 - 15.00'
Bloom Time
June - July
Part Shade - Full Shade
Deer Resistant?