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RED BUCKEYE
Aesculus pavia

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Photo Locations: Dallas Arboretum - Dallas, TX, LSU Hilltop Arboretum - Baton Rouge, LA, National Arboretum - Washington, D.C. and Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Susceptible to powdery mildew. Can be grown as a standard or in multi-trunked form.

Native to Southeastern United States.

Family: Sapindaceae
Previously listed in the Hippocastanaceae family.

Additional Common Names

RED BUCKEYE, SCARLET BUCKEYE, FIRECRACKER PLANT

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Rounded Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 15 - 25 feet.

Width: 15 - 25 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 40 to 150 years.

Leaves Palmately Compound, Medium Green, Bronze or Gold, Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. Red. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).

Brown Capsule, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.

Bark Dark Gray or Light Gray, Scaly.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 2 - 9 and 14 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 9.

Exposure Full Sun.

Moist Soil.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Allergy and Poisonous Health Hazard.

Attracts Squirrels.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Aesculus pavia Tree Record." 1995-2017. Nov 23, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/aesculus-pavia >

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