Bottlebrush buckeye is an amazing, shade loving shrub

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog bottlebrush buckeyeBottlebrush buckeye an easy to grow shade loving shrub. Photos by Doug Oster

I first saw a bottlebrush buckeye shrub (Aesculus parviflora) at Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Oh. It was growing out in dapples sunlight and was filled with long white blooms.

blog bottelbrush IIIt's funny how plants can get into your head. It wasn't until over five years later that I saw one at a nursery on sale.

Last fall the plant was on quarter this size, I forgot I planted it in the woods until the amazing flowers emerged.

It's easy to grow and has proven it will blossom in full shade.

The plant will eventually reach eight feet to 12 feet tall and 15 feet across.

I'm thrilled to see what it's done in only a season. It's the perfect woodland plant.

It doesn't need a lot of water is deer resistant and will even tolerate part sun.

Bottlebrush buckeye's aren't one trick ponies either. The foliage turns a pretty yellow color in the fall.

I'm hoping to find a couple more plants this fall to help fill up the woodland beds I've been working on.




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