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Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolina

Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)

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Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) shrub

Red Buckeye is a deciduous large shrub or small tree common of rich bottomland forests in the Coastal Plain. It is found only in the southern half of the Coastal Plain in North Carolina.

Pender Co., NC 4/14/07.

Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) flower

Flower detail.

Pender Co., NC 4/14/07.

Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)

One of the first trees to leaf out in the spring, Red Buckeye produces panicles of red flowers in early April, at about the same time as the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds return.

Planted specimen, Chapel Hill, NC 4/13/2002.

Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)

Same tree, 4/16/03.

Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) fruit

Nearly ripe fruits.

Brunswick Co., NC 8/25/07.

Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) bark

Bark detail.

Pender Co., NC 4/14/07.

More information:
NC State
Virginia Tech Dendrology

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