red buckeye (Aesculus pavia)

One of my very favorite natives, the red buckeye tree is blooming! It’s the first time it has since it was planted several years ago. Seems as if every year something happened to that bloom spike — twig girdlers or something snipped it off just as it was about to set buds. But not this year and I am so excited to see those brilliant red blooms.

Red buckeye is an excellent understory tree, tolerating shade and wet conditions, but it can also thrive in sunny and drier locations too. This beautiful deciduous tree is hardy to Zones 8 to 9,  and grows to about 25 feet tall. The magnificent sprays of red flowers in the early spring are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies, and the golden-brown fruits which come later are favored by wildlife.

Colorful blooms, food for the wildlife, cold tolerance and more distinguish the red buckeye which could become your favorite native tree too.