2023 Tree Of The Year: Red Buckeye

Red buckeye

By Ann Lapides

One of the hardest to find and most desirable Missouri Native trees, the Red Buckeye, Aesculus pavia, has long panicles of bright red blooms in spring that attract ruby throated hummingbirds. Large glossy green palmate leaves with distinct veining form into an excellent multi-branched tree. This versatile tree can be used as a focal point in a garden, a backdrop to a mixed garden, or along the edge of a house to soften corners. Awarded Plant of Merit award by the Missouri Botanical Gardens for its extreme ornamental value and ease of care in the St. Louis area.

Plant Red Buckeye in full sun to partial shade in moist, well-drained soils. Tolerant of heavy clay. Water well when getting the tree established and through the heat of the summer. While tolerant of full sun, some afternoon shade is ideal to keep the plant looking its best all summer long.

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