Aesculus sylvatica (Hippocastanaceae)
A stunning jewel of a shrub with upright branches that sucker into a multi-stemmed mound. Dark-green palmate leaves appear early in spring, often emerging in shades of red to salmon-pink; foliage turns bright yellow in fall. A mature Painted Buckeye is covered in spring with upright clusters of yellow-green flowers; an occasional renegade will bloom in light pink or red. Provides nectar for the earliest hummingbirds in our neck of the woods, where it is often found along river banks with Pawpaw and Spicebush.
Bloom period: spring
Container size: Gal.