Red buckeye (Aesculus pavia
) is a large shrub or small tree that is often planted as an ornamental in parks and yards. Red Buckeye is found frequently in well-drained woods and thickets throughout the United States.
It is native to the southern and eastern parts of the United States, found from Illinois to Virginia in the north and from Texas to Florida in the south. A. pavia
produces large clusters of attractive dark red to orange colored tubular flowers in the spring. A. pavia
loses its leaves early, usually by late September.
fruits contain large amounts of saponins, alkaloids, and glycosides, which are toxic to horses if ingested. It's seeds are also poisonous, and are found encased in smooth, light brown, circular seed capsules that ripen in the fall.