Aesculus pavia – Red Buckeye


An understory tree of southeastern forests, this is one of North America’s most colorful and ornamental small trees. Its panicles of coral red flowers are very attractive to ruby-throated hummingbirds. The palmate foliage is a lustrous dark green, often with contrasting red-tinged petioles. Avoid planting in hot, dry situations. Unlike many buckeyes this one is slow-growing (6-8” per year) but well worth the wait. Hardy to zone 5 so an appropriate choice for our valleys or intermediate elevations but not Catskill mountaintops.

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Horse-chestnut family (Hippocastanaceae)

Updated 1 October 2023

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Pot size

3-Quart, 7-Gallon