Aesculus pavia, Red Buckeye
Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Native mostly to the southeastern United States,* this understory tree is found
in woods and along streams. Its common name refers to shiny seeds called
buckeyes, which are encased in husked seed capsules. Its showy flowers,
suggestive of firecrackers, have led to its alternative name, Firecracker Plant.
Print Version: Aesculus pavia, Red Buckeye
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Tags: USDA Zones 4-8, Use as a specimen or hedge, or in a rain garden, Vitex agnus-castus – Chaste Tree, Paulownia tomentosa – Princess Tree, Albizia julibrissin – Mimosa, Sun, Partial Shade, Acidic, well-drained soil, Tolerates clay soil; intolerant of drought; no serious pests but leaf blotch can be a major problem (remove fallen leaves promptly and place in the trash); deer rarely damage, Ethnobotanic uses; plant may be harmful if eaten, Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies; bark, foliage and seeds are toxic to mammalian herbivores, Bloom color: Bright red, Spread: 12-15 feet