Aesculus californica, California Buckeye
A California Native that is a shrub or large tree that can reach up to 40 feet tall and wide. It is multi trunked with grey bark. The leaves are dark green with five leaflets. White flower clusters bloom in the spring through summer. The fruits are toxic. Deciduous in the late summer and early fall.
Plant with: Western Serviceberry (Amelanchier pallida or utahensis), Manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp.), Milkweed (Asclepias sp.), Spicebush (Calycanthus occidentalis), Ceanothus sp., Larkspur (Delphinium sp.), Buckwheat (Erogonum sp.), Coffeeberry (Frangula californica), White Pitchersage (Lepechinia calycina), Sticky Monkeyflower (Mimulus aurantiacus), Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), Oak (Quercus sp.), Redberry (Rhamnus crocea), Currant (Ribes sp.), Hummingbird Sage (Salvia spathacea), Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum), as well as numerous annual wildflowers.
- Full sun to part shade
- Tolerates clay soil
- Drought tolerant
- Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
- Hardy up to -5 degrees
- Native to California