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Red Buckeye

Aesculus pavia

Firecracker Plant

About This Plant

Woodland shade under deciduous trees. Deciduous, with palmate leaves that are among the first to drop in autumn, often in August. The bright red flowers are very showy in early spring; for the rest of the year this inconspicuous buckeye goes largely unnoticed in natural areas like Salado Creek and Hardberger Park. San Antonio is on the extreme western edge of this buckeye’s native range. The seeds are poisonous if ingested.

Origins: Eastern U.S., west to central Texas.

Maintenance

None needed.

An early and spectacular bloomer, but also the first to drop leaves, in summer.

Min. Height: 6'

Max Height: 10 feet'

Min. Width: 4'

Max Width: 8 feet'

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