Red Buckeye

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Magnificent Spring Color Native Red Buckeye

  • Dramatic Spring Blooms
  • Vibrant Spring Color
  • Perfect for Smaller Landscapes
  • Very Distinctive Leaves
  • Supports Butterflies
  • Hardy, Easy Care Native Tree
  • Grows in Sun or Partial Shade
  • The Good Luck Tree

If you want to make an absolutely stupendous presentation in early spring, consider this wonderful native tree. One of the first plants to wake up in spring, Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) creates a splendid accent in the landscape.

This beautiful native shrub or small tree is also known as Firecracker Plant and Scarlet Buckeye. You may have seen the showy blooms and fallen in love.

And no wonder! The tubular flowers are vivid scarlet and can grow to 9 inches long. These lavish carmine blooms last several weeks and attract ruby-throated hummingbirds and butterflies. It is not uncommon for the Red Buckeye to begin blooming in the second or third year after planting.

Plant it in sun for a full, lusher profile. In shade, the plant opens up and becomes airier and a bit shrubbier.

It seems to thrive on neglect and will readily bloom. This amazing flowering tree grows in almost any soil type and is virtually disease and pest free.

This is a native deciduous tree and one of the first plants to leaf out in the spring. Even the highly textured leaves are lovely. They almost appear to be quilted!

Emerging burgundy-red in spring, they'll offset the blooms beautifully. Turning a lustrous dark green, leaves are large and droop down in a charming way. They'll provide plenty of interest throughout the growing season.

As the flowers finish, see if you can find a few of the unique, shiny brown seeds. You'll have to hunt for them. Put one in your pocket for good luck!

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How to Use Red Buckeye in the Landscape

Because it loses its leaves early in the fall, Red Buckeye may be best used as a really special accent tucked along a garden path. Create a "Garden Destination" in your landscape and use this as a springtime focal point. It is especially pretty when underplanted with early spring wildflowers.

It has a coarse-textured and open structure. In fall, allow it to hide a bit behind showier, fall-colored trees, like Flowering Dogwoods or Maples.

You can also use this tree as a pretty background tree. The trees bold canopy, beautiful bright-red blooms and light, flaky bark can make a great natural hedge when planted at 8 to 10 foot on center.

As with most Aesculus varieties, the Red Buckeye begins to go dormant early in the fall and it is not uncommon for the leaves to begin to turn color in the late summer or early fall. Place Burning Bushes, Red Twigged Dogwood and evergreen shrubs in front for a wonderful display that works all year.

#ProPlantTips for Care

If possible, give it moist, well-drained soil, but it can adapt to a wide range of soil types. The tree does best when grown in full sun but can be grown in some shade in the warmer regions.

Plan to water in the early morning, so the drying power of the morning sun can dry the foliage. Be careful not to overwater this tree.

In the wild, Red Buckeye is often seen as a multi-trunk tree. But in the landscape, they are easily trained to a single trunk tree when young.

It is moderately drought-tolerant. In full sun locations, the tree benefits from a good mulch layer 3 to 4 inches deep. Extend this out to 3 feet beyond the canopy. This will help to keep the trees roots cool in the heat of the summer. In the hotter, drier areas of Zone 8, planting in a little afternoon shade will protect the tree from sunburn on the trunk.

Bold red flowers, beautiful palmately compound, large leaves and a lot of appeal for birds and butterflies make this special tree a standout in a nature lovers garden. Order this rare plant today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Red Buckeye Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Aesculus pavia
Mature Height 10 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes