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California buckeye

Aesculus californica

This California native has large fragrant white flowers and brown 2 to 3" round, shiny fruit. It conserves water in summer by losing leaves early.

SMUD Availability:
No
Size:
Medium
Height:
30-50 ft
Width:
30-45 ft
Water Needs:
Very Low
Evergreen or Deciduous:
Deciduous
Shape:
spreading
Fall color:
None
Flowers:
Yes
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Sunset Zones:
7, 8, 9, 14
Diseases and pests:
Thrips, rots, mildew, Sudden Oak Death
Useful as a street tree? Minimum planting strip width?:
No, low branching

Minimum Planting Distances

  • from a building foundation: 15 feet
  • from walks and driveways: 6 feet
  • from a utility overhead (such as an overhead power line): 20 feet
  • between trees: 20 feet

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