Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Red Buckeye
Aesculus pavia
Family: Hippocastanaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  T
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S2S3

Swamp forests, usually stagnant (Weakley 2011); rich damp woods (Gleason and Cronquist 1991); woods and thickets.

Species Description:
Shrub or small tree.

Flowering Period: Early April to mid May.
Fruiting Period: Early July to late August.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Shrub or small tree, vegetatively similar in appearance to other horse-chestnuts. Flowers not symmetric (irregular) with the petals merged at the base, most commonly red (yellow not reported in Kentucky but noted for the species), glandular ciliate. Sepals also reported red and tubular. Fruit are smooth.

Disturbance of surrounding slopes such as ATV trails or timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion or excessive changes in moisture conditions will be detrimental. May tolerate some timber removal if done without excessive soil disturbance (discing/chopping) and if immediate vicinity of plant is protected from debris and direct cutting etc.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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