Bottlebrush Buckeye

Aesculus parviflora

Native to the southeastern United States up to Pennsylvania, the bottlebrush buckeye is a large, suckering shrub. A distinctive small buckeye, bottlebrush is a mound-shaped, thicket-forming, deciduous shrub, 6-12 ft. tall, with picturesque, ascending, candle-like branching. Lowest branches are horizontal and often rest on the ground. Tall, cylindric spikes of feathery white flowers with pink stamens and red anthers bloom in the heat of early summer after other eastern buckeyes have finished. This flower is very showy and very attractive to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The smooth nut is enclosed by a bright yellow husk. As with all other buckeyes, the nuts and foliage are poisonous if eaten by humans.


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