Bottlebrush Buckeye

Arbor Walk #89

Bottlebrush Buckeye is not native to Missouri but is very adaptable to the St. Louis Region. It is a multiple stem understory small tree or large shrub which colonizes by suckering. It flowers in late Spring with 8″ to 12″ long bottlebrush shaped inflorescences containing hundreds of small white flowers. It occasionally produces 1″ to 3″ long pear shaped, light brown capsules which contain one or more light brown seeds. Leaves turn a butter yellow color in the Fall.

Name Bottlebrush Buckeye
Latin Name Aesculus parviflora
Type Adaptable to region
Diameter Multi-Stem
Color of Leaf Medium to dark green, turning buttery yellow in fall.
Shape of Leaf Leaves compound (5 to 7 leaflets)
Color of Flower White
Shape of Flower Bottlebrush-shaped clusters
Fruit Characteristics Smooth pear-shaped capsules (buckeyes) in fall with bright yellow husk. Buckeyes should not be eaten.
Bark Characteristics Smooth, lenticeled, gray to light reddish brown.
Foliage Type Deciduous

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