Aesculus parviflora

Bottlebrush buckeye

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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


photo by Andrea Jones, copyright GAP Photos (23213)

Plant details

Like all the North American chestnut species, this is commonly called Buckeye, a reference to the highly polished seeds or 'conkers', said to resemble the eyes of a deer. This species is a suckering species which will develop into a large bush if allowed, but with careful shaping will also make a handsome small tree which bears slim 30cm (12in) spikes of reddish white blooms for much of the summer. The typical chestnut leaves are an attractive bronze-green when young, and turn bright yellow in autumn. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Hippocastanaceae

Genus: Aesculus

Species: parviflora

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Bronze

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 300cm

Spread: 500cm

Flowering period: July to August

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