Native #9:
Aesculus pavia

Red Buckeye, Aesculus pavia

Photo © Bill Hilton Jr.

An established Red Buckeye, Aesculus pavia, can grow into a spectacular understory tree just right for the back edge of the hummingbird garden. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds appear to be one of its principal pollinators. Its non-symmetrical shape makes it a good accent plant.

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Photo © Deana Crumbling

Photo above of a Red Buckeye tree taken 4 May 2013 at Alexandria, Virginia USA


Perennial small tree (to 6-12 m)
Blooms early spring
Average, moist soil
Light shade
Zones 6-8
NOTE: We are not horticulturists, so we regret we can't answer specific questions about how to plant and propagate native hummingbird flowers, but your local agriculture extension office or Master Gardener group may be able to help. We're also unable to provide names of sources from which you can order native plants. Please do NOT collect native plants from the wild unless they are growing in a site under immediate threat from development; instead, try to find a reputable nursery near you that raises native plants from cuttings or seeds.

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