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Aesculus parviflora AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Suckering

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Bronze in Spring
Dark Green in Summer
Yellow in Autumn

Fruit

Green in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

bottlebrush buckeye

Family

Sapindaceae


Aesculus can be deciduous trees or large shrubs with showy flowers, palmately-lobed leaves and sometimes good autumn colour

A. parviflora is a large suckering deciduous shrub with palmate leaves which open bronze, then dark green, turning yellow in autumn. Erect panicles of white flowers with prominent stamens, are sometimes followed by smooth fruits

Other common names

  • dwarf buckeye
  • dwarf horse chestnut

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grows well in well-drained soil

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate from suckers

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

A canker, Coral spot and a leaf spot may be a problem