Botanical Name: Aesculus californica
Common Name: California Buckeye  
Plant photo of: Aesculus californica
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Apply a layer of mulch around plants to reduce moisture loss.

Choose organic mulches, such as shredded bark, compost or aged sawdust.

California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color

Pink, White


Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Spring, Summer


Full, Half



Very Low, Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees, Poisonous

Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Multi-trunk Tree, Showy Flowers, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses



Special Uses

Container, Erosion Control, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Carol Bollinger
Photographer: Greg Applegate
  • Description

  • Notes

The Aesculus californica is a tree that slowly grows to 12'- 15' tall. Creamy pink or white fragrant flowers bloom in the spring. When late summer arrives, these leaves drop to unveil pear-shaped fruits. It should be noted that all parts are poisonous. Buckeye has a decorative bark and branch structure. It needs regular water for a few years and then will become drought tolerant.
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