Aesculus parviflora

Bryant is the author of today’s entry. He writes:

A big thanks to stevieiriswattii!@Flickr for today’s images of Aesculus parviflora (image 1 | image 2 | via the Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Pool).

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.

Aesculus parviflora
Aesculus parviflora

7 responses to “Aesculus parviflora”

  1. Judy Sinclair

    Splendid photos of a beautiful shrub! Those lovely big leaves must put on quite a show in fall. Thank you for this.
    Cheers, Judy

  2. Denis Dooley

    I read an article a number of years back about some attempts to hybridize this species with A. pavia. I wonder if anything came of that. Image this spectacular display in a brilliant red.

  3. Bonnie

    If this would grow in TX I would probably plant it. I’m sure the bees like it.

  4. elizabeth a airhart

    lovely just lovely so very lovely i live fl now
    i wish people would plant and care for
    more flowers and trees instead of bombs in gabage cans
    i live in the usa been a terrible day
    i wish you all to be safe

  5. mona

    This is an interesting plant. Thank you for photo.

  6. Miry

    Would this beautiful plant survive in BC? It is truly a show piece!

  7. Sue Frisch

    Bryant, from a quick visit to your links above, it looks like the Hippocastanaceae got renamed Sapindaceae and maybe lumped with other genuses, including maples. Do you know why? Just curious….

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