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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Aesculus parviflora

Bottlebrush Buckeye

Scientific Name:

Aesculus parviflora

Genus:

Aesculus

Species Epithet:

parviflora

Common Name:

Bottlebrush Buckeye

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Sapindaceae (Soapberry Family)

Native/Alien:

S.E. Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May

Habitat Description:

Mesic forests on bluffs and in ravines (the SC occurrence is on Fall Line river bluffs, with shaley, subcalcareous soils). A waif in NC (occasionally escaped from cultivation).

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed, G3 - Vulnerable (*Key)

Emerging inflorescence in April

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Flower buds in June

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Flower spike attracts many insects end of June into early July

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Large shrub. Because sited in a sunnier location than it prefers, the palmately compound leaves tend to droop. Progression of flowering on the spike is from the bottom to the tip.

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Developing fruit at the end of July

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Mature fruit in mid-September. The fruit is a leathery capsule containing 1-3 large, shiny, seeds.

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Mature seeds released from capsule

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/aesculus-parviflora/

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=AEPA2



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