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Aesculus pavia 'Atrosanguinea'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aesculus (ES-kew-lus) (Info)
Species: pavia (PAH-vee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Atrosanguinea

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USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive forgottenfl On Mar 26, 2011, forgottenfl from Crawfordville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant is prevalent within the hardwood hammock's of N. FL (to include on my 5 acres). A couple of years ago I decided to transplant a couple of plants out of the deeper woodland setting to a location on the edge of the woods. The result, well I'm happy to report is spectacular. My interpretation is that they need to have a little bit of sun exposure to bloom.

Recently an arborist visited our property to perform some tree work. He was totally astounded by the beautiful display of this plant underneath a gorgeous white dogwood. Wish I'd captured a picture during the prime display, but will post what I can.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Crawfordville, Florida
Valparaiso, Florida
Newton, Georgia
West Monroe, Louisiana
Starkville, Mississippi
Salem, Oregon
Knoxville, Tennessee
Belton, Texas

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