Toxic Parts:
glycosides, saponins alkaloids
Flower Color:
  • flower color
  • flower color
woodlands, ornamental, meadows, gardens

Time of Greatest Risk


Geographical Distribution

Red buckeye distribution - United States

Red Buckeye

Aesculus pavia

Firecracker Plant, Scarlet Buckeye, Woolly Buckeye
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Red buckeye (Aesculus pavia) is a large shrub or small deciduous tree which is native to the southern and eastern parts of the United States. It is commonly planted as an ornamental in landscapes and parks. The tree produces large clusters of attractive dark red to orange-colored tubular flowers in the spring. Red buckeye is one of the first trees to lose its leaves in the fall. Red buckeye fruits contain large amounts of saponins, alkaloids, and glycosides, which are toxic to horses if ingested.