Californian Buckeye

Aesculus californica

This amazing small tree/shrub flowers spectacularly in spring, then drops its leaves in summer to expose snowy white stems before producing huge brown conker-like seeds. Despite concerns about killing pollinators, after 25 years’ experience at the Waite Institute, this fear is unfounded in Australia. Drought-tolerant.

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Californian Buckeye

The horse chestnut to survive a warm climate, Aesculus californica features ghostly-white branches through winter, spectacular flowers in spring, and bark that turns white when the leaves drop, exposing huge brown conker-like seed pods. Despite concerns about killing pollinators, after 25 years’ experience at the Waite Institute, this fear is unfounded in Australia. Drought-tolerant.

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The horse chestnut to survive a warm climate, adapted to dry conditions by dropping its leaves to conserve moisture. Irrigate in summer if exceedingly dry to maintain leaf coverage.

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