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Aesculus 'Homestead'

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ES-kew-lus BI howm·sted
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Homestead Buckey was introduced in 1990 by South Dakota State University. It is a hybrid of A. flava x A. glabra. This small to medium rounded tree reaches 25'-40' tall and 15'-20' wide at maturity with a medium to coarse texture.  The rounded to broad rounded form has low branches and an attractive silhouette in the winter when the leaves drop.

Plant it in the full sun to partial shade in moist well-drained soil.  It does not do well in dry soils. The fall color is a deep red with a hint of burnt orange and it produces very few fruits. Its medium green leaves are highly resistant to scorching and powdery mildew.  It makes an excellent choice for urban environments likes parks and street plantings.

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Tags:
#red#sun#deciduous#yellow#small tree#full sun#partial shade#orange#orange leaves#red flowers#yellow flowers#tree#yellow leaves#winter interest#fall color yellow#fall color red#fall color orange#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#no fruits
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#red#sun#deciduous#yellow#small tree#full sun#partial shade#orange#orange leaves#red flowers#yellow flowers#tree#yellow leaves#winter interest#fall color yellow#fall color red#fall color orange#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#no fruits
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aesculus
    Family:
    Sapindaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Powdery mildew, scorching
    Dimensions:
    Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 40 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    24-60 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Type:
    Nut
    Fruit Description:
    Produces very few fruits.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Panicle of yellowish red flowers which are sterile open from mid-May-June.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Opposite, palmately compound leaves with five leaflet. Red, yellow, to orange fall color
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Shade Tree
    Small Tree
    Street Tree
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Urban Conditions
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Severe vomiting and diarrhea, depression or excitement, dilated pupils, coma, convulsions, wobbly
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Aesculin (a glycosidic saponin), other saponins
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Leaves