Yellow Buckeye

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Handsome Native Yellow Buckeye Tree

  • Magnificent Upright Yellow Blooms in Spring
  • Each Showy Panicle Can Grow Up to Seven Inches Tall
  • Great Nectar Support for Butterflies and Hummingbirds
  • Dark Green Leaves are Pleated and Makes a Bold Statement
  • Compound Leaves Turn Bright Orange in Fall
  • Palm-Shaped Foliage
  • Excellent Shade Tree
  • Gray Bark Features a Rugged Texture
  • Oval Growth Habit
  • Smooth Nuts Carried as Good Luck Charm
  • Urban Tolerant
  • Easy Care
  • Resists Leaf Scorch
  • Perfect Candidate to Naturalize Near Streams
  • Awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit

This tall ornamental tree makes an impressive focal point near a water feature. Yellow Buckeye (Aesculus flava...prior Aesculus octandra) is an exceptional native plant that delivers beautiful spring bloom.

You won't believe your eyes! Large yellow flowering panicles cover the oval canopy and bring butterflies and hummingbirds.

Yellow Buckeye also features very attractive, pinnately compound leaves. Five elliptical leaflets are held on a single petiole; and are boldly textured from a strong midrib.

Lustrous and dark green all summer long, the foliage of Yellow Buckeye casts very refreshing shade. Keep your home cool and your hammock stand at the ready with one on the southwest corner of your lot.

Keep it in a mulched garden bed, and underplant with spring-flowering Daffodils for a welcome burst of color as winter draws to an end each year. Add shade-loving plants from our extensive online catalog; and create a very restful oasis all season.

This tree gives an impression of strength. As the tree ages, the gray bark develops a distinctive texture and the caliper of the trunk expands wide.

Yellow Buckeye develops smooth fruit that contains shiny brown seeds. Perhaps you carried one or more in your pocket as a child to bring you good luck.

Use this tree on large properties as part of a native collection. Or, consider naturalizing this beautiful choice along a stream bed.

As the temperatures start to dip in fall, Yellow Buckeye delivers another phenomenal ornamental display. Enjoy watching the setting sun spotlight the glowing leaves, which develop a range of fiery hues, from orange to bronze...all the way through to golden-yellow.

Yellow Buckeye makes an exceptional accent tree in the landscape. It's rare to find this valued native in the nursery please place your order right away if you see it in stock on our site.

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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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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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.

From To S&H
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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Yellow Buckeye Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Aesculus octandra
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 60 - 80 feet
Mature Spread 25 - 35 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Adaptable to Most Soils
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Orange
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No