aesculus parviflora, my 4th of july fireworks
I DON”T THINK THERE’S A SHRUB that I love more than bottlebrush buckeye, or Aesculus parviflora, and even in a year when everything else has been off schedule, it remembers to shoot off its own form of fireworks right around the Fourth of July. Read more about this massive, summer-blooming Southeast native and its even bigger, later-blooming cousin ‘Roger’s Strain’. As if the summertime pyrotechnics were not enough, their gold fall color is similarly astounding, all 20-by-15 feet of it. Pow!