Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Bottlebrush Buckeye
Aesculus parviflora
Hippocastanaceae

Leaves are opposite, deciduous and palmately compound with 5-7 obovate leaflets. Stout light brown twigs show prominent yellow-brown terminal buds and shield-shaped leaf scars. Bark is gray to brown and smooth. Flowers are white and appear in long spikes similar to a bottlebrush. Fruit is a capsule and poisonous. Form is usually a shrub found in the understory, or a small tree up to 6 m (20 ft) in height, on rich moist soils in the southeast and may form thickets as a result of root sprouting.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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