Botanical Name: Aesculus californica
Common Name: California Buckeye  
Plant photo of: Aesculus californica
California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub


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


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Spanish, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Multi-trunk Tree, Showy Flowers, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses



Special Uses

Erosion Control, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Greg Applegate
  • Description

  • Notes

The Aesculus californica is a tree with a year-round interest. Creamy pink or white flowers bloom in the spring, and when late summer arrives, these leaves drop to unveil pear-shaped fruits. It should be realized that these flowers are poison ous. The characteristics of this tree are accented by a decorative bark and branch structure. It is commonly found on dry slopes and in canyons below 4000 ft. in woodland communities along the Coast Ranges and Sierra Nevada foothills. - CF
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.