Aesculus pavia (Hippocastanaceae)
1995 Gold Medal Winner, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. When Red Buckeye blooms in the spring, all eyes turn upward to its red candles. This magical native tree bears flowers in the form of a candelabrum, in panicles 6-12" tall and 4-6" wide. The first hummingbirds of the season visit to sip nectar. Five-fingered palmate leaves are like tiny umbrellas, accompanied by curious fall-ripening seed pods. It's considered good luck to carry one of the shiny brown seeds in your pocket. Red Buckeye becomes a small tree of 10-15' and prefers dappled shade, as along the woodland's edge. An eastern exposure is good; avoid a southwestern exposure because of possible leaf scorching. Brilliant yellow fall foliage lights up woodland areas, and the flowers make unique additions to fresh spring flower arrangements.
Bloom color: red
Bloom period: late-spring
Container size: Gal.