Aesculus parviflora growing shrub to small tree of the genus Aesculus also known as Bottlebrush buckeye, Aesculus parviflora perennial deciduous plant, used as ornamental plant for flowers and leaves the turn into yellow in autumn also attract pollinators in the blooming season, can grow in temperate, subtropical climate or as house plant and growing in hardiness zone 4-9 and in deep shade possible in hardiness zone of 10a.
Leaves color green in elliptic shape connected together 5 leave that create like hand structure, foliage tuning into yellow in the autumn.
What is the best way to start growing? Plant (the plant doesn’t like a transferring) / Vegetative reproduction can be from suckers or root dived by cutting, need to be done in the winter when the plant in dormant better before march / Seed (if start to grow by seeds need to know that seeds need to be fresh or else high chance that won’t germinate, need to soak 24 the seeds in room temperature and switch the water few times, after sowing need to keep the soil moist all the time don’t let dry also and better to plant it in the winter indoor and the spring outdoor
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No, but easy to start from root cutting or suckers
Difficulties or problems when growing: Some parts of the plant toxic, can be invasive
Planting season: Winter, spring, summer, better to plant it in the winter until the early spring, but it’s strong plant so possible to plant them all the year
Pests and diseases: Aphids
Pruning season: Autumn / Winter
How to prune: Just for design, in the beginning of the growing need to decide between shrub or small tree, for shrub need to cut the top and let new branches to grow and as tree to keep only one branch in the base in order and cut all the others that grow, each time when the plant grows need to cut until higher point of the plant.
Size of the plant: 1.5-5m, 5-15 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition: Fast growing / Medium growing
Water requirement: Average amount of water / Big amount of water, better not to let the soil dry, put mulch and renew it when it windy
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Half shade / Full shade
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? Yes
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes, need big container or to grow it as bonsai, in order that it will bloom don’t let too many suckers to grow (unless there is place in the container)
Bloom season? Spring / Summer
General information about the flower: Bottle brush white flowers that created from a lot of small needle flowers, flowers attract bees and butterflies