If you are interested in planting some native plants this
year, consider Red Buckeye, Aesculus
pavia. It has been blooming for several weeks now. The flower time
is from mid-spring through early summer. Red tubular flowers borne in panicles
(elongated cluster of flowers) at the tips of the branches. Each panicle can be
four to eight inches long when in bloom. The individual flowers are tubular and
about 1½ inches long. Hummingbirds are attracted to them.
The shrub or small tree is multi-trunked. At its maturity,
it can reach 10 to 25 feet tall to 10 to 20 feet wide. Leaves emerge before the
flowers. Then followed by round, brown nuts that are food for wildlife.
Plant them in full sun to partial shade. They prefer soil
that is moist but well drained. It will take several years to establish. They
are not readily available in all nurseries, but they are worth the show in
spring. They are easy to start from seeds. You will find them throughout the
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