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California Buckeye

Aesculus californica

Staff Favorite Valuable to wildlife

Characteristics:
Broadleaf deciduous tree or large shrub, single or multi-stemmed, 12-30' in height.

Growing Conditions:
Sun, drought resistant, often summer deciduous in its native habitat. Hardy to USDA Zone 7.

Uses:
It is used as an ornamental plant for its striking leaf buds, lime green foliage, fragrant white flowers, red-brown foliage in early summer, and architectural silver branches through fall.

Height:
12-30' at maturity

Width:
Often exceeds ht. at maturity

Shape:
Short, rounded

Flowers:
Flowers showy, white to rose-colored, fragrant, in dense, narrow clusters, 8-20 cm long.

Leaves:
Leaves are dark green, 5 (rarely 7)leaflets, oblong shape with a fine-toothed margin.

Bark:
Bark is grayish white

All parts of the tree are toxic, honeybees are poisoned by the nectar and pollen.