Audubon® Bottlebrush Buckeye
Shipping Autumn of 2022
WOW. If you don’t know about Bottlebrush Buckeye yet, you’re in for a treat! This bodacious Accent brings bigtime drama to your landscape with bold foliage and magnificent white bottlebrush blooms in summer. The flower clusters can reach 12—sometimes even 18—inches tall! What’s more, hummingbirds adore the blossoms, and they’ll be constant visitors when the blooms offer up their nectar in early to mid-summer. Butterflies (especially swallowtails) relish the flowers, too. Celebrate our beautiful native flora and fauna with this striking addition to your outdoor living space.
May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, waxwings, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, crows & jays, vireos
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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Size AA (18-24" tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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Recommended by Our Growers
It looks like a tender tropical plant, but it’s actually native to the U.S. Bottlebrush Buckeye is found in the wild in the Deep South—primarily in Alabama. It’s surprisingly cold-hardy, however, and has been planted in gardens much further north with success. This flashy Accent was prized in Victorian times, when big, bold plants were all the rage. And it does get big—both tall and wide—in time. Give it room to run if you are able to, and it will become a showstopper.
Fabulous flowers aren’t the end of the show! Bottlebrush Buckeye also boasts handsome fall foliage. This species holds its leaves in good condition throughout the season much better than other Buckeyes do, and when frosty days arrive, they transform themselves. The deep green leaves become glowing gold.
How to Grow
Bottlebrush Buckeye is an adaptable Accent, though it performs best where it can receive a steady supply of water in the summer. It will thrive in part shade and can handle full sun as well. In deep shade it will grow, but it won’t flower heavily there. Be aware that this species is slow to get started, so be patient. It is totally worth the investment of time! FYI: Buckeye leaves, twigs, and fruit are poisonous if ingested; don’t plant them in areas where livestock will graze or pets may nibble.
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