Bryant is the author of today’s entry. He writes:
Commonly known as bottlebrush buckeye, Aesculus parviflora is a member of the Sapindaceae (and formerly placed in the Hippocastanaceae). The species is native to the southeastern United States (Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida). This deciduous shrub can range from 2.5-3.5m (8-12ft.) tall and 2.5-4.5m (8-15ft.) across, and typically reaches full bloom in the early to mid summer in its native range.
This species is has been declared a Plant of Merit by the Missouri Botanical Garden for its explosively showy inflorescence and intriguing palmate foliage, which can turn a bright golden yellow in the fall.