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Commonly known as Buckeye, Ohio Buckeye
Deciduous5-palmate, glossy, light green leaves with obovate to ovate, long-pointed leaflets 15cm (6in) or more long. Leaves turn yellow to orange-red in autumn
Treecandles of flowers are followed by sparsely prickly fruit
Very hardyHardy in the severest continental climates including exposed upland locations in the UK. Plant can withstand temperatures < -20 (-4°F)
Additional FeaturesGood to knowWildlife plant. Nectar and pollen for insects.Pests & DiseasesScale insects, leaf miners, canker, coral spot, leaf blotchPlace of originCentral and eastern USA
Flower ShapePaniclesConical panicles to 15cm (6in) tall
(see photos above)
(see photos above)Ovate (see photos above)
Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil
Toxic - Category CHarmful if eaten
Tree ShapeBroadly conical
Buy Varieties of AESCULUS glabra
young leaves a deep wine-red. Pale yellow flowers. A small growing form suitable for smaller gardens
pale, cream flowers in spring. New leaves have coppery tint. Bright red in autumn