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Discover the Bottlebrush Buckeye

bottlebrush-buckeyeBottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora) is a magnificent shrub native from the Carolinas south to Alabama and Florida, which woody plant expert Michael Dirr calls “truly one of the best native shrubs for late-spring and early-summer flowers.” My original five are spreading to create a nice little grove in the woods.


  • Grows to 8-15? tall and wide.
  • Hardy in Zones 4-8.
  • Grows 2 to 4 feet per year.
  • Flowers in mid-summer.
  • Full sun or partial shade. Mine have total woodland cover (high shade) and are doing fine. In fact, it’s unusual in that it flowers almost as much in full shade as in sun.
  • I’ve read that its suckering “can colonize a large piece of real estate.” Sounds good to me.


  • No pruning is required, though old ones are sometimes rejuvenated by pruning them to the ground.
  • Mine have received no supplemental water since their first year.

Stories from the Garden

Layanee DeMerchant in Rhode Island sent me her blog post about this very plant.

by Susan Harris

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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