These graceful rounded shrubs have beautiful, large, bold-textured foliage and elegant spikes of white flowers. That is enough to make you love the bottlebrush buckeye right there. Add the fact that it loves shade, resists deer AND blooms in midsummer when most shade gardens are looking a bit dull, and you’ve got yourself an essential plant. Oh, did I mention it is an Eastern U. S. native and has gorgeous yellow fall color? Yeah, you need this shrub. The growth habit is suckering, so it can slowly spread to form a large colony. Or, you can prune to keep it contained if you don’t have the space.
Common Name: Bottlebrush buckeye
Botanical Name: Aesculus parviflora
Blooming Period: Late June to July
Type: Deciduous shrub
Size: 5 feet high and 6 to 8 feet wide
Exposure: Part shade to shade
When to Plant: Spring or fall
Watering: Doesn’t require supplemental water once established.
When to Prune: After flowering in late summer or early fall
In Your Landscape: A graceful backdrop for a shade garden to provide summer interest. Bold leaves contrast well with the delicate textures of ferns.
From Michigan Gardening Volume I Issue V. Photo by Joseph Tychonievich.