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Aesculus x carnea (photo courtesy of Monrovia)
Aesculus x carnea (photo courtesy of Monrovia)

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Zone
Zones 2-9, 14-24, 30-34
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate
Toxicity
Seeds are slightly toxic if ingested.

Aesculus pavia

Red Buckeye
Sapindaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees

AESCULUS

These big, bold plants have an almost tropical look. The leaves are divided fanwise into large, toothed leaflets. Showy spring flowers, borne at ends of branches in long, dense clusters, attract hummingbirds. In autumn, leathery fruit capsules enclose glossy seeds. Prune established horsechestnuts only to eliminate dead or damaged wood and any awkward-looking branches.

Aesculus pavia (photo courtesy of Monrovia)
Aesculus pavia (photo courtesy of Monrovia)

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Aesculus pavia

Shrub or tree native to eastern U.S. Bulky, to 12–20 ft. tall, with an irregular rounded crown that is nearly as wide. Glossy deep green leaves with five to seven 3–6-in.-long leaflets. Narrow, erect, 10-in. clusters of bright red or orange-red (rarely yellow) flowers. Best choice for humid climates.

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