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  • Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 8 - 10 Feet
  • Mature Spread 8 - 10 Feet
  • Growing Zones 5 - 8
  • Use As A Thriller In Containers

Medium sized shrubs for woodland gardens can be difficult to find. Bottlebrush Buckeye is the perfect medium sized shrub that adds instant impact as an understory planting in woodland gardens or as a specimen in a Cottage Garden setting. Mounds of deeply textured foliage in the deepest green, with flower spikes of creamy white flowers cover this deciduous shrub late in the summer. The fall foliage of Bottlebrush Buckeye is not to be missed and rivals some of the most showy Japanese Maples.

The late season blooming of Bottlebrush Buckeye helps to feed native bees that are still active before fall. Hummingbirds also appreciate the late season supply of nectar. The blooms even work as additions to fall cut flower arrangements. Since this shrub is a North American native plant, there are very few pests or diseases that bother it. Deer and rabbits do not like the thickly textured leaves. Birds will take advantage of its large mounding shape for cover and protection. 

Bottlebrush Buckeye Care

Bottlebrush Buckeye are very much a woodland plant and like a spot that is part sun to part shade. Watering is the only aspect of caring for this plant that might be tricky. Buckeye likes to have a very damp, but also well drained soil. Making sure to mulch around the base every fall with an organic compost will help to enrich the soil and increase moisture retention. A soil pH that is slightly acidic is perfect.

Pruning is only needed on an annual basis. Early in the spring, as new growth emerges, cutting out any diseased, dying, dead or diagonal branches will help to keep air circulation good around the branches. Fertilizing should not be needed for this native shrub. The flower buds are formed on new growth from the summer.

Bottlebrush Buckeye Spacing

Bottlebrush Buckeye is a much wider shrub than it is tall. The height is 8-12 feet with a width of 12-16 feet. If planting as part of a native hedgerow, make sure that there is at least 14 feet, center on center, between shrubs. Planting as a specimen is more likely in a smaller garden. Make sure to give plenty of room at the base when planting herbaceous perennials or annuals.

Bottlebrush Buckeye Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8
Plant Type:
Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 8 - 10 Feet
Mature Spread: 8 - 10 Feet
Spacing: 8 - 10 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Description:
Bloom Period: July To August
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Heat, Drought
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Container Role: Thriller
Uses: Specimen or Focal Point, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance, Native to North America
Common Name: Bottlebrush Buckeye
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