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April 2007: Featured Plant
Aesculus pavia var. pavia: Red Buckeye

Aesculus pavia var. pavia: Red Buckeye

The first of the three local Buckeyes to flower, Red Buckeye is a small tree with impressive inflorescences opening in early April and it is probably the first significant native nectar plant for hummingbirds and insects.

It is uncommon to rare throughout its range from Texas to Illinois and eastward. Although normally found in wetlands, it thrives in average soils and moderate shade. A remarkably easy plant to grow and it even flowers in its second or third year.

However, their seed are so large that they cannot dry out and survive like most smaller seed. If planted immediately though, they germinate and overwinter as seedlings. There are several suppliers of young plants, but for those who want to start from seed, this year we will again ship seed as they mature in mid autumn.

Please reserve your seed via email. And thanks to those who ordered seed in prior years.

Image by Wayne Hughes ©