Plant Sourcing - Bottlebrush Buckeye

I am hunting for a bottlebrush buckeye plant (Aesculus Parviflora) in the Raleigh, NC or surrounding area. I thought I would throw this out and see if anyone has any sources. I know I can mail order them in 3qt size, but I was hoping for something larger (min 3 gal). I have not had any luck at all with this hitting my normal sources. Thanks in advance!
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Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus Parviflora)
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  • Randy Randy on Sep 29, 2013
    @360 Sod (Donna Dixson) - it's not listed on their site and it would be small most likely if they did have it. I love Plant Delights - just planted a 'Pig Butt Arum' (Helicodiceros Muscivorus) today that I picked up during their last open house. Now just have to give it a few years to grow and eventually bloom so I can show the kids. :) Thanks for your input in any event!

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) on Sep 29, 2013
    Who could resist a plant with that name! My sources are going to be a little too far south for you.

  • Randy Randy on Sep 29, 2013
    @360 Sod (Donna Dixson) - I have some friends coming to Raleigh in a few weeks routing from Toccoa, GA. They will be on I-85 out of Toccoa through Greenville, then Charlotte, Greensboro, then finally onto I-40 into Raleigh. If you have any sources anywhere along that route, let me know. I know of a place in Monroe, NC that has them and that is only about a 35 min detour, but this place is a wholesale nursery so they prob wouldn't sell me one to begin with. Although I will definitely ask if nothing else comes up.

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    • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) on Sep 30, 2013
      @Randy If you want to take a trip up the mountain Johnny at Hanging Dog Nursery has some, but it is very off the beaten path, nice trip for fall though:). He has some big ones 5' and 6', you would need a truck as they are probably B&B. I think he may be wholesale only, but I can probably arrange for you to pick one up. He also has 3g, 5g and 7g...

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Sep 30, 2013
    Try calling Piedmont Carolina Nursery in Colfax or Carolina Native Nursery in Burnsville and see if they can help you. They both show having them in 3 gallon and larger sizes. Carolina Native is a long way from you, but they do sell wholesale and retail. Piedmont Carolina is a wholesale nursery, but they may be able to tell you a retail nursery nearby they have shipped to, or recommend a nursery they have a relationship with that you could order from. I've bought a couple of bottlebrush buckeye and they are always pricey.

  • Randy Randy on Sep 30, 2013
    @360 Sod (Donna Dixson) and @Douglas Hunt - I am going to follow up on your suggestions today. The Seneca thing may work Donna because my friends aren't coming up to Raleigh until later in October. I was just in Gatlinburg a week ago - I absolutely could have detoured to Hanging Dog Nursery on the trip home and I just happened to be in my truck. That would have worked great but hindsight is a wonderful thing huh? :) I really appreciate the input from everyone. I knew that posting here would get things going in the right direction. I THOUGHT that I had a source locally, and when I went to pick the plant up on Saturday, I realized that he had a Callistemon. That's also called a 'bottlebrush' but it was the wrong bottlebrush!

  • Randy Randy on Sep 30, 2013
    I'd like to let everyone know that I have now located aTWO sources fairly close to me (20 miles). The first company is Tarheel Native Trees ( in Clayton, NC. They have them in 3g size at $40 retail. Second company is The Unique Plant ( and they have both 3g and 7g sizes. The 7g is $89 retail for the largest specimens. A bit pricey, but the owner assures me that they are nice looking plants close to 4' tall and multi-stemmed. Plus I have heard good comments about The Unique Plant from local landscape folks. I don't mind paying for quality plants so I will probably go take a look. It's not like there is a lot of price competition on this plant locally! Thanks again to everyone for the great suggestions. You all are wonderful resources!

    • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Oct 01, 2013
      @Randy Glad you found them, Randy. Buttlebrush buckeye is spectacular shrub and will reward you for seeking it out for years. (Just remember they get BIG!)

  • Kathy C Kathy C on Oct 01, 2013
    Now I want one!

  • Randy Randy on Oct 02, 2013
    Just an update on this thread - yesterday at lunch I headed over to the JC Raulston Arboretum here in Raleigh. They have three very large bottlebrush buckeyes and all three had dropped their seed pods. Here's a pic of one. Don't worry - I asked before I walked off with it. :) I hear that they are difficult to grow from seed. I guess it won't hurt to stick this in the ground and see what happens!

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) on Oct 02, 2013
    good luck to you! let us know what happens

  • Randy Randy on Oct 02, 2013
    @360 Sod (Donna Dixson) I'll still pick up a plant locally. I'm patient, but I'm not THAT patient! :)

  • Randy Randy on Oct 08, 2013
    To close this thread out, I thought I would post a few pics of the plant that I purchased from The Unique Plant in Chapel Hill, NC. I put it in the ground this past Saturday. As I noted earlier, the plant was $89 + tax, but it is a really nice size (7g container), had numerous blooms last year, and is multi-stemmed. I cleaned off the leftover racemes before loading it up for travel. I am looking forward to a nice plant that will continue to grow and will hopefully be happy where I have placed it! Size notes attached to the pic captions below.

    • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) on Oct 09, 2013
      @Randy I love it when the phone assurance of a nice plant is NOT an exaggeration. Thank you for sharing the sources. I will certainly tuck those away in my source files!

  • Diane Carlisle Diane Carlisle on Oct 08, 2013
    My buckeyes have red blooms and they are about 6-7 yrs old and are about 5-6 feet tall. They buckeye "nut" looking things are suppose to bring good luck.

  • Randy Randy on Oct 08, 2013
    @Diane - you may have a Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) as opposed to a Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus Parviflora). I also had a grower try to sell me a Bottlebrush tree (Callistemon) after I called and had asked specifically for Bottlebrush buckeye. There are just too many 'bottlebrush' names out there! This whole sourcing thing has been quite the confusing ride for me.

  • Diane Carlisle Diane Carlisle on Oct 08, 2013
    Maybe so. I do know the leaves are the same. My late husband planted these and I pick the buckeyes off every year. I ought to have lots of good luck with as many of these things as I have. They do have smaller trees come up under them on occasion.

  • Randy Randy on Jun 23, 2014
    I thought I would post a pic of the Bottlebrush Buckeye that I planted back in October of 2013. It was sourced from The Unique Plant in Chapel Hill, NC. Read the thread above for background. It has bloomed nicely this spring and I have been very happy with it. These pics were done w/ my old iPhone so the quality isn't that great but you get the idea. Enjoy!

  • Randy Randy on Jun 13, 2016
    An update on this thread. Plant has now been in the ground at my home 2.5 years. Growing nicely. I love this plant! What do you think @Donna Dixson ? :)