Genus: Buckeye

Aesculus

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
Buckeye (Aesculus)
ESS-kew-lus
Hippocastanaceae
Plants in the genus Aesculus are noted for their large, palmate leaves and showy white or reddish flowers. Large upright panicles of flowers with prominent stamens are borne in late spring to early summer, followed by smooth-skinned fruit with one to two seeds.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Opposite, palmate dark green leaves turn yellow or red in autumn.
Care:  Grow in fertile soil in sun to part shade. Needs minimal pruning.
Propagation: 

Graft in late winter or bud in summer. Propagate from suckers where applicable.

Problems: 

Prone to canker, leaf blotch, scale, and Japanese beetles. Anthracnose, rust, and powdery mildew can occur.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Aesculus

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Bottlebrush buckeye
Aesculus parviflora
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'Rogers' bottlebrush buckeye
Aesculus parviflora var. serotina 'Rogers'
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Red buckeye
Aesculus pavia