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Museum: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Today's Hours
Museum: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monthly Feature
Red Buckeye
'Aesculus Pavia'
The Red buckeye is a deciduous clump-forming shrub or small tree with an irregular rounded crown. It is grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, fertile soils. It is narrow-tubular orange-red, flowers appear in spring shiny, dark green leaves are attractive in spring and early summer. Smooth, light brown globular (1-2" diameter) seed capsules encase 1-3 shiny seeds called buckeyes that ripen in the fall. Seeds are poisonous and are avoided by most wildlife. Red buckeye is native to North America where it typically occurs in low rich wooded valleys. Flowers are attractive to ruby-throated hummingbirds and bloom at about the same time that the hummingbirds return to the area in spring migration. Buckeye seeds ripen in late summer. They have been carried as good luck charms since Colonial times. It got its name from Native Americans, who thought it resembled the eye of a deer. Zone 6-9.