Blooms are king on the Red Buckeye or Aesculus pavia! The emerging blossoms are pink but develop into brilliant red flower clusters by May. Formed of the individual flowers which are 1"-1.5" in diameter, these attention-grabbing flower clusters are 6"-10" in length. The foliage, with each leaf formed of five to seven 3- to 6-in.-long leaflets, is a rich green from spring into early summer. By midsummer, however, the Red Buckeye is gradually retreating from the stage, and by early fall the leaves are brown and shedding. But don't let that stop you. The spring show of Aesculus pavia more than makes up for it!
A small tree, Aesculus pavia grows to about 30' high and 20' wide. It prefers partial shade in moist, well-drained soil, but will tolerate full sun, is pH adaptable, and will grow in a variety of soil types. Use this tree in woodland or naturalized areas, as a specimen, along ponds and streams, or in a wildlife garden. With Red Buckeye, the possibilities are endless!
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