Tuesday, May 8, 2012
I've Got my Eye on a Red Buckeye
A Carolina Native
I spied this beautiful tree along the Carolina highway and instantly recognized it because its one of few Southern trees that thrive in Chicago. It can be a shrub or small tree reaching 10-15 ' and I love its natural form and showy red flowers that are attractive to birds, especially hummers. It's native habitat is the coastal region of North Carolina but it has made its way here to the Piedmont.
I saw it growing near the Paul Green ( famous local writer ) cabin at the N.C. Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill and loved the way it looked so natural in the woodland setting that is so popular here.
As I study the botany of this area I am making a list of must-haves when I get my own garden. The Red Buckeye certainly merits a place.
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