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Aesculus parviflora


Bottlebrush Buckeye




Origin:  South-Eastern United States.
            Mike's Opinion

this is Mike

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An excellent often overlooked shrub for the larger landscape. Although it should not be planted in a prime position since when it is out of flower it is not very striking. That said I seldom see where it could be used best; large institutional or commercial settings where it has room to achieve its full form. There are few landscape shrubs that are as worthy especially in July.



Michael Pascoe, NDP., ODH., CLT., MSc. (Plant Conservation)

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Family
Sapindaceae (Hippocastanaceae)
Genus
Aesculus
Species
parviflora
Category
Woody
Type
Shrub (deciduous)
Pronunciation
USDA Hardiness Zone
4 - 8(9)
Canadian Hardiness Zone
5
RHS Hardiness Zone
H7
Temperature (°C)
-29 - (-23)
Temperature (°F)
-20 - (-10)
Height
3 m
Spread
5 m
Photographs
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
July
General Description
A shrub that has many of the characteristics of the Aesculus clan, but is quite broad spreading. Covered in upright white panicles in July.
Cultivation
Given well drained, good garden soil the plant should thrive. It is best grown in full sun where its full form can be showcased, however it will tolerate partial shade. It can be pruned severely to rejuvenate it.
Shape
Broad spreading, often wider that tall.
Growth
Medium
ID Characteristic
This plant is easily identified by its broad speading form in concert with the typical Aesculus leaves.
Pests
It does not seem to suffer from the dreaded leaf blotch that is the bane of many of the Aesculus.
Habitat
Woodlads and edges.
Bark/Stem Description
Smooth dark grey twigs.
Flower/Leaf Bud Description
Globose buds, small to 7 mm and often resinous,
Leaf Description
Large to 15 cm across, palmate, five lobed but can be up to seven, dark green above and glaborous below,
Flower Description
Large white panicles to 20 cm, held above the foliage in July.
Fruit Description
A small deformed pear shaped capsule, that appears somewhat pendulous when seen on the plant. Seed is uncommon on the plants I know.
Colour Description
In some years the autumn colour can be good, a pale yellow, but not reliably so.
Texture Description
A medium textured plant.
Notable Specimens
The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. The A. M. Cuddy Gardens, Strathroy, Ontario, Canada.
Propagation
The seed is recalcitrant and should be sown in a moist medium soil immediately upon collection. Root cuttings collected in the autumn and cut into 50 mm lengths and insert vertically into pots or flats barley covering the top. Water and place in a cold frame until growth appears and then pot individually.
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