Please try to pre-order this seed. We collect it in October, and do not get much more in than what is pre-sold. It needs to be sown soon after collection.
Recalcitrant seeds need refrigeration. Since shipping times are out of our control, we are not liable for seed condition upon arrival.
Please select the quantity desired, and we will advise availability and price as soon as possible.
Stratification: refrigerate in plastic bag until sown in ground in November, bag will sweat, check once/week
Germination: sow on top of finely worked ground in November, cover with 2" sawdust, wet down, keep covered with sawdust all winter
Introducing the Aesculus parviflora Bottlebrush Buckeye, a stunning ornamental plant that will add beauty and charm to any garden. This plant, also known as the dwarf horse chestnut, has gained the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit for its exceptional qualities.
Native to the open woodlands of the southeastern United States, primarily Alabama and Georgia, this deciduous shrub grows to a height of 3-5 meters. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, palmately compound with 5-7 leaflets, and have a beautiful entire margin. The flowers are produced in eye-catching erect panicles that resemble a traditional bottle brush, with each flower featuring a tubular calyx, small white petals, and several protruding stamens.
In gardens, the Aesculus parviflora attracts butterflies with its August flowering, making it a perfect addition to any butterfly garden. It is grown as an ornamental plant, admired for its magnificent blooms. This plant has been cherished for centuries, being noted by the renowned naturalist and plant collector William Bartram during his travels through the southeastern United States in the late 18th century.
Although it may be slow to establish, once given ample space to fully develop, the Aesculus parviflora becomes a truly magnificent specimen. It can even be used as a tall ground cover for large areas of land, forming spreading clumps that create a beautiful landscape.
Not only is this plant visually appealing, but it also has practical uses. The saponins contained in the seed can be used as a soap substitute, making it a sustainable option for personal and household cleaning. The wood of the Aesculus parviflora is easily worked and can be used for making various items, including water troughs, packing cases, and ornamental articles.
With its exceptional beauty, versatility, and practical uses, it is no wonder why the Aesculus parviflora Bottlebrush Buckeye has gained recognition and admiration. Whether you are a gardening enthusiast or just appreciate the beauty of nature, this large flowering shrub deserves a special place in your landscape.