How to Care for a Bottlebrush Buckeye Plant


The bottlebrush buckeye plant, or Aesculus parviflora, is a shrub with lots of straight stems. Small white flowers cluster together at the tops of the stems. The bottlebrush buckeye plant can grow to become 12 feet high and 20 feet wide. Bottlebrush buckeye plants need proper care to thrive.

Step 1

Locate a space on your property where your bottlebrush buckeye will have some shade and well-draining soil. If necessary, add peat moss or perlite to the soil to help the soil drain.

Step 2

Water your bottlebrush buckeye once per week, allowing the soil to dry out in between waterings.

Step 3

Feed your bottlebrush buckeye plant with 8-8-8 slow-release fertilizer. Apply 1 lb. of this fertilizer to every 100 square feet of space.

Step 4

Spread a layer of mulch around the base of your bottlebrush buckeye plant that is at least 2 inches thick. This will keep the moisture in as well as protect the roots during the winter months.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't eat the nuts on a bottlebrush buckeye plant; they are poisonous.

Things You'll Need

  • Well-drained soil
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Mulch


  • Floridata: Aesculus parviflora
  • University of Illinois Extension: Bottlebrush Buckeye
  • Missouri Botanical Garden: Aesculus parviflora
  • Mississippi State University: Bottlebrush Buckeye Offers Awesome Flowers, Foliage
Keywords: Bottlebrush Buckeye plant, Aesculus parviflora, caring for shrubs

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