The woody plant, Bottlebrush Buckeye belongs to the Hippocastanaceae family and is found growing abundantly all over Southeastern United States of America. The Bottlebrush Buckeye tree is easy to grow and looks splendid with its bloom of cone shaped panicles (flowers) that are white in color with delicate red anthers.
Characteristics of Bottlebrush Buckeye Shrub
- This large, lovely deciduous shrub has white, showy, bristly blooms that can grow to 4-inches wide and a foot long.
- Bottlebrush buckeyes shrubs bloom in summer and there are no other shrubs that can be compared to the aesthetic look of bottlebrush buckeye.
- The bottlebrush buckeye shrub is a tall shrub that can grow up to 10 feet tall.
- You may not observe many species of butterflies getting attracted to the bottlebrush buckeye shrub, but many pollinators readily hover over as the plant produces many seeds.
- The Bottlebrush Buckeye tree, which can also be called a large evergreen shrub, grows up to 8 to 12 feet in height, with a crown spread of 8 to 15 feet wide.
- It is primarily a multi-stemmed shrub that shoots numerous erect slender stems right above the ground from a main leader stem.
- It is the Bottlebrush Buckeye tree flower that makes this plant a summer delight.
- Very showy white flowers, that appear as cone shaped panicles, an appearance very similar to a brush, nestled amongst its rich green foliage give this tree a very ‘summery’ look; green and fresh.
How to Grow and take care of Bottlebrush Buckeye Shrub
- Once you choose a site to grow the Bootlebrush buckeye bush, clear it from any kind of weeds and organic matter.
- You can decide on a site that receives full sunlight or partially shaded area to grow bottlebrush buckeye bush.
- Bottlebrush, while somewhat drought tolerant, will need to be watered one or two times per week during the growing season, depending on the weather.
- About a week to 10 days before planting, you should add aged manure and compost layer that is 2 to 4 inches thick.
- You should prepare an 18 inch deep bed for the perennial, for great returns in the long run.
- The soil should be moist and partially drained.
- You can buy the bottlebrush buckeye seeds or bulbs from the local nursery. You can even collect the bottlebrush buckeye seeds from older plants as soon as the covering of seeds begin to crack and plant them immediately.
- You can even propagate the bottlebrush buckeye shrub by roots in winter.
- Plant the bottlebrush buckeye plant from spring to fall and water it freely. You can keep the soil moderately dry in winter.
- You can add a liquid low phosphorous fertilizer once a month.
- You can give a good balanced fertilizer in the month of November and a good soaking before the ground freezes in winter.