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They may call it Autumn Splendor, but this dynamic Buckeye Tree will enchant you all year long. In spring, you’ll look forward to its dramatic leaves bursting forth from fat buds. It leafs out early, bringing cheerful greenery to the landscape before most other trees are stirring. Creamy yellow flowers follow that resemble orchids upon close inspection. Summer brings clean, healthy foliage, and in fall, Autumn Splendor Buckeye earns its name with leaves that turn scarlet-orange to maroon. Plant it where you can view it from your porch, deck, or living roomwindow, and celebrate the little joys each season has to offer.
Autumn Splendor Buckeye really proved itself before entering the marketplace. Before its introduction in 1980, it survived twenty winters at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum! That includes winters where the temperature dropped to -30ºF or colder. Researchers were pleased with Autumn Splendor not only because of its cold hardiness, however. It was also found to be highly resistant to the leaf scorch problem that can occur on some Buckeyes in late summer. Of course, its fall color is outstanding, too. This tree was believed to be a hybrid involving Ohio Buckeye, Yellow Buckeye, and Red Buckeye, but some now designate it as simply a selection of Ohio Buckeye.
Hummingbird feeding stations! That’s what the blossoms of your Autumn Splendor Buckeye will become. Each pale yellow bloom is marked with an orange-red bullseye that advertises to the birds: “Get your nectar here!” The flowers are carried in tall, cone-shaped clusters that make hummers want to linger.
How to Grow
Grow Autumn Splendor Buckeye in full sun in the North. It may need a bit of afternoon shade in hotter climates. The soil should be deep and fertile for best results. Water regularly, even after the establishment period. Be aware that this tree will drop seedpods containing the namesake buckeyes, so plan accordingly and site it away from sidewalks and patios. The seeds and leaves are toxic to people, dogs, and livestock if ingested. Autumn Splendor is tolerant of de-icing salts and is well adapted to the frigid winters of the northern states.
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