Young leaves and red stems of Aesculus pavia (Red Buckeye)
Flower buds of Aesculus pavia (Red Buckeye) grown in a 3-gallon pot.
Red flowers and green foliage of a mature Aesculus pavia (Red Buckeye)

Aesculus pavia (Red Buckeye)

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Aesculus pavia (Red Buckeye) is a small understory tree native to the American southeast that is known for its vivid red tubular flowers which are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Best grown in slightly acidic, moist, fertile soil in part-shade, red buckeye typically grows 12-15' tall. Red buckeye makes for a unique specimen tree, and though Aesculus pavia prefers moist soil, it can tolerate occasionally wetter conditions, which makes it a great addition for part-shade rain gardens, as well as screens or hedges in wetter shaded areas.

Note: Although it's a very popular choice for pollinators, care should be taken with planting location of Aesculus pavia, as plant parts and seeds are toxic to humans and other mammals.

Straight Species and Native to U.S.
Mature Tree Height: Small: under 15 feet
Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet and Well-drained
Soil Type: Acidic and Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: Red
Foliage Color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Butterflies, and Attracts Pollinators
Tolerances: Clay Soil Tolerant, Deer Tolerant, Rabbit Tolerant, Wet Soil Tolerant, and Shade Tolerant
Garden Type: Rain Garden, Woodland Garden, Specimen Tree, Small Space, and Border/Screen

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