Buckeyes and Bottlebrushes

Members of the Horse Chestnut family, the Buckeyes and Bottlebrushes from California grow well with us and so far, have remained unaffected by the Chestnut Leaf Miner that has devastated the foliage of 'traditional' Common Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) across Britain.

Aesculus parviflora, the Bottlebrush Buckeye, in the Woodland Garden is an arresting sight in summer, with sturdy inflorescenses comprising large individual flowers with contrasting bright pink anthers.
There is also a magnficent example of Aesculus californica, the Californian Buckeye, next to the old Main Gate and another by the Grass Maze. In this species a pilot flower opens the tip of the inflorescence and then flowering zooms up from the base to meet it.

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