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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Aesculus sylvatica

Painted Buckeye

Scientific Name:

Aesculus sylvatica

Genus:

Aesculus

Species Epithet:

sylvatica

Common Name:

Painted Buckeye

Plant Type

Tree/Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Sapindaceae (Soapberry Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

6-12 ft., 12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

In the Piedmont in mesic, nutrient-rich forests, on bottomlands, lower slopes, and in ravines, in the Coastal Plain primarily on floodplains of brownwater (alluvium-carrying) rivers (most notably the Roanoke River in NC), in the Mountains only at low elevations.

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:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Nectar for hummingbirds and bees. Squirrels eat the nuts.

Blooms

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Martha Baskin

Bloom

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Martha Baskin

Leaves

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Martha Baskin

Terminal bud scales

They will eventually fall off

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Spring Leaves

They will turn green

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Herb Amyx

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Duke Trees

Vascular Plants of NC

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



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