Aesculus octandra

Yellow Buckeye

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Yellow Buckeye is a showy flowering deciduous tree with an oblong crown and dark green 5 toothed palmate leaves that turn yellow-orange in fall.  Long erect panicles of airy yellow flowers with red anthers bloom in mid-spring and give way to glossy, inedible nuts (buckeyes).  Flowers best in rich, moist soils.  Drought intolerant, particularly in youth.

Aesculus octandra, or sometimes known as Aesculus flava, is a host to moths, provides nectar for bees, and is one of the earliest flower providers for hummingbirds

Type: 

Tree

Height: 

50' - 75'

Spread: 

30' - 50'

Spacing: 

40'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

4 - 8

Culture: 

Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 

White

Season of Interest: 

SpringFall

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low maintenance.  Watering can be reduced after establishment. Leaf blotch can be a significant problem, and watch for powdery mildew, leaf spots, and anthracnose.  Japanese beetles, borers, lacebugs, and bagworms can be occasional issues.  Leaf scortch may occur in drought conditions.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensNaturalized AreasRock GardensPonds and StreamsFoundation Plantings, and Hedges.

COMPANION PLANTS: Heuchera, Hosta, Red Maple

Image:  Keith Edkins, Sweet Buckeye (Aesculus flava) - geograph.org.uk - 816887CC BY-SA 2.0

 

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