Tree Caring and Planting Information
Red Buckeye / Horsechestnut Tree (Aesculus)
All of our bare-root trees are shipped to you via the United States Priority Mail. The roots of all the trees will be wrapped in damp shredded paper to insure freshness. The trees are then placed in a plastic tube within a cardboard strong box for shipping. The tops of some trees have been intentionally cut back to encourage branching and to help the tree survive the transplant. All bare-root trees will need planted as quickly as possible. Even if it is still cold outside, plant your tree shortly after it arrives and water thoroughly and frequently. Dig a hole approximately twice the size of the tree's root. Fill the bottom half of the hole with topsoil and plant the tree in the top half with the base of the tree at the soil line or just below. Fill in the rest of the hole with topsoil and slightly tamp the soil around the tree. Mulch your tree with 2" of shredded hardwood bark to insulate the roots and prevent water from evaporating around the tree. Your newly transplanted tree will need a lot of care the first year. It is not uncommon for a newly planted tree to die back a little or even loose its first set of leaves the first year. Do not fertilize your tree the first year, but do give it plenty of water. Once your tree is established (after the first year), it will require little care.
A Red Buckeye tree is a very vigorous round-headed tree that is sometimes referred to as a large shrub. A Red Buckeye tree can reach a height of 15’ – 20’. Large gorgeous candle-like upright panicles of red flowers appear on the tree in late spring to early summer. The flowers are followed by glossy brown buckeyes in the fall. The roots are shallow and prefer wet alkaline or acidic soil. Prune the Red Buckeye tree as necessary in the early spring. This tree is truly a beautiful specimen tree. Water often the first year and mulch to keep moist and cool. This deciduous tree is hardy between zones 4-9.
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