Aesculus pavia (Hippocastanaceae)
1995 Gold Medal Winner, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. This favorite native blooms with a candelabra of red-flowering panicles in early spring, inviting the first hummingbirds of the season to sip its nectar. Five-fingered palmate leaves are like tiny umbrellas, accompanied by curious seed pods that ripen in fall — carry one of these shiny brown Buckeyes in your pocket for good luck. Red Buckeye grows into a small tree of 10-15', and prefers the dappled shade of woods edge. Plant with an eastern exposure in morning sun, where afternoon shade will protect leaves from scorching. Brilliant yellow fall foliage lights up woodland areas, and the flowers make a unique addition to a springtime arrangement.
Bloom color: red
Bloom period: late-spring
Container size: Gal.