The Bottlebrush Buckeye tree is one of the best summer-flowering trees and is very popular with butterflies. It can grow to 8-12 feet with a comparable spread.
Green leaves emerge in early spring. They are a large, dark green, compound leaf with five to seven leaflets with red petiolules. In autumn, leaves change to yellow.
When flowers appear in mid-summer, they are white petaled clusters with red anthers. Filaments extend above the petals, creating what resembles the outline of a bottlebrush. These flowers have a life of about three weeks.
In September-October, glossy, pear-shaped capsules appear which hold one or two nuts. These nuts are inedible to humans.
Bottlebrush Buckeye trees grow best in partial to full shade. Soil can be acidic or neutral. Well-drained, rich, moist loam is preferred. Hardiness Zone: 4-8.