Mystic Ruby™ Buckeye

Botanical Name: Aesculus x bushii ‘Aaron #1’ 

The Mystic Ruby Buckeye is an improved and hardier variety of the buckeye tree. This selection was developed by Mike Yanny of JN Plant Selections and Johnson’s Nursery. It is a small, deciduous tree, which grows into a beautifully rounded-oval shaped specimen with open branching. The Mystic Ruby Buckeye, also known as Aesculus x bushii ‘Aaron #1,’ grows to a height of 25 feet tall and 15 feet wide. 

The coarse, dense foliage of the Mystic Ruby Buckeye not only provides good shade but also provides shelter for wildlife. The leaves are palmately compound and an attractive dark green. They will hold their deep color throughout the spring and summer. Like another improved buckeye hybrid, the Early Glow Buckeye (Aesculus glabra ‘J.N. Select’), the Mystic Ruby Buckeye also has superior resistance to leaf scorch and leaf blotch. This cross is also one of the hardiest buckeyes available and can withstand very cold temperatures.

Aesculus x bushii ‘Aaron #1’ produces pinkish red flowers in the spring, providing a beautiful, radiant display. The flowers are typical of other species of Aesculus; they contrast with the deep green, coarse-leaved foliage, rising above the leaves. The blooms are borne on upright panicles that are about 4-7 inches in length and grow at the end of the branches. These flowers are attractive to bees and other wildlife. The Mystic Ruby Buckeye produces many edible nuts.

Category:

Height: 25-30 ft.

Width: 15-25 ft.

Shape: Oval

Flower Color: Pink-Red

Flowering Time: Spring

Fall Color: N/A

Features: Beautiful spring flowers, scorch resistant leaves

Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

Watering: Moderate & Regular

Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained soil, with a pH between 6.1-7.5

Growth Rate: Moderate

USDA Zone: 5

Uses: Accent tree, habitat garden, specimen tree

Similar trees: Aesculus glabra 'J.N. Select,' Aesculus x carnea 'Fort McNair'