How to Care for Painted Buckeye (Aesculus x neglecta ‘Erythroblastos’)

Aesculus x neglecta ‘Erythroblastos’, commonly known as Painted Buckeye, Sunrise Horse Chestnut, or Caroline Horse Chestnut, is a beautiful tree that belongs to the Aesculus family. This spectacular tree has earned the title of “Plant of Merit” due to its showy appearance and versatility. In this article, we’ll explore the essentials of caring for this tree, including watering, light care, soil care, and more. We’ll also discuss its growing region, growth rate, height, size, spread, season, temperature, pruning, flowering, pests, attraction, tolerance, resistance, garden styles, companion plants, and frequently asked questions. So, let’s dive in and learn how to keep your Painted Buckeye thriving!

Main Caring Considerations


Painted Buckeye trees require an average amount of water to thrive. It is essential to provide consistent moisture, especially during the first year of growth. Ensure that the soil remains moist but well-drained to prevent any root rot issues.

Light Care

This versatile tree can grow in full sun to partial sun conditions. However, it prefers partial sun, especially in hotter climates, to protect it from scorching heat.

Soil Care

Painted Buckeye trees can adapt to various soil types, including acid, alkaline, neutral, chalk, clay, loam, and sand. The crucial factor is ensuring that the soil is well-drained to prevent root rot and other issues.

Growing Region

This stunning tree is native to the southeastern United States and can grow in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 8.

Growth Rate, Height, Size, and Spread

The Painted Buckeye tree has a moderate growth rate, reaching a mature height of 40 to 50 feet (12 to 15 meters) and a similar spread. With its impressive size, this tree makes a fantastic focal point in any garden or landscape.

Season and Temperature

Successfully growing in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 8, the Painted Buckeye tree can handle varying temperatures and climates. However, it prefers cooler conditions and may struggle in regions with intense heat and humidity.


Pruning should be done during the tree’s dormancy period, typically in late winter or early spring. Remove any dead, diseased, or damaged branches and trim back any crossing or rubbing branches to maintain a healthy tree structure.


Painted Buckeye trees produce beautiful, showy flowers in spring. These flowers are incredibly eye-catching, making this tree a popular choice amongst gardeners and landscapers alike.


While generally pest-resistant, Painted Buckeye trees can sometimes be affected by common pests like aphids and scale insects. Keep an eye out for any signs of infestation and treat promptly to maintain the tree’s health.

Attracts, Tolerance, and Resistance

With its showy flowers, Painted Buckeye trees attract a variety of pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. This tree is also deer-resistant, making it a great choice for gardens in areas with a high deer population.

Garden Styles

Painted Buckeye trees are well-suited to prairie and meadow-style gardens, adding a touch of natural beauty and elegance to any landscape.

Companion Plants

Consider planting your Painted Buckeye tree with companions like asters, goldenrod, and native grasses for a harmonious and attractive garden design.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Painted Buckeye trees toxic?
Yes, all parts of the Painted Buckeye tree are toxic if ingested. It is essential to keep children and pets away from the tree and avoid planting it near vegetable gardens or areas where children play.

Can I grow a Painted Buckeye tree in a container?
Due to its large size, it is not recommended to grow a Painted Buckeye tree in a container. This tree requires ample space to spread out and grow to its full potential.


Aesculus x neglecta ‘Erythroblastos’, or Painted Buckeye, is a stunning and versatile tree that can make a fantastic addition to any garden or landscape. By providing the proper care, including adequate watering, light, and soil conditions, you can enjoy the beauty and elegance of this remarkable tree for years to come.

Martin Duran

Hey y'all! My name is Martin Duran and I am from Cali, Colombia. Since 2018 I have been learning about plants and how to take care of them. Here's is my journey... “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir

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