Saturday, June 26, 2010

Bottlebrush Buckeye

Bottlebrush Buckeye
Aesculus parviflora
(ES-kew-lus) (par-VEE-flor-uh)

Since we are in Ohio this shrub seemed appropriate. It is a great flowering shrub for shade gardens. They bloom in June and are quite a show. This shrub can get quite large (15 feet tall by 10 feet wide) but always seems to find its place in the garden without being overpowering. The plants at the Estate do require a little bit of pruning but other that that they pretty much grow on their own. In addition to the summer flowers the clear yellow fall color is a nice additional feature of Bottlebrush Buckeye. The leaves and nuts of this plant are considered poisonous.

We are going to a wedding on the shores of Lake Erie today. This is the third and hopefully last wedding I have been to for this person. Let’s hope third time is a charm.


Les said...

Third time's a charm, or so they say.

Kala said...

Beautiful blossom - we have Buckeye trees here that flower in late May and I just love them.