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A picture of a Yellow Buckeye

Yellow Buckeye

Aesculus flava

Also known as

Sweet Buckeye, Common Buckeye

Aesculus flava - blossom and leaves by Genet (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








25 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Yellow Buckeye

A close up of some orange yellow Aesculus flava flowers and green foliage
A close up of some Aesculus flava flowers and a Bombus bumble bee
A close up of some green Aesculus flava leaves

Yellow Buckeye Overview

Aesculus flava is a big, deciduous tree species in the Sapindaceae family. It produces elegant tapering leaves divided into between 5-7 leaflets, which display attractive autumn colouration, turning red-yellow. It produces showy, upright yellow flowers, leading onto smooth rounded green fruits, these usually contain two brown nuts. This plant develops a spreading crown, it has a bushy habit and is hardy to -15 degrees Celsius, plant in a position of full or partial sun, in moist, well-draining soil for optimal growth. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Yellow Buckeye

Can also suffer from a canker.

How to propagate Yellow Buckeye



Special features of Yellow Buckeye

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Attracts bees

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Yellow Buckeye

A low maintenance tree that is used in parks and gardens as architectural specimens