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California Buckeye Care: How To Plant A California Buckeye Tree

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

California buckeyes provide habitat for native wildlife and pollinators. With knowledge of a few California buckeye facts, homeowners can make a more informed decision on whether or not this tree is a good choice for them. Learn more about growing this tree here.

Red Buckeye Trees: Tips On Caring For Dwarf Red Buckeyes

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Dwarf red buckeye trees are really more like shrubs, but no matter how you describe it, this is a nice, compact form of the buckeye tree that produces the same interesting leaves and upright spikes of spring flowers. Learn more in this article.

Red Buckeye Tree Growth: Tips On Planting A Red Buckeye Tree

By Liz Baessler

Red buckeye trees are relatively easy to care for, medium sized trees or shrubs that produce showy red flowers in the spring. They are a great choice for large, easy decoration along borders. Learn more about red buckeye tree care in this article.

Transplanting Nursery Buckeye Trees

Plant nursery-grown buckeye trees in early spring after the last frost. Dig a planting hole for your buckeye tree that is the same depth and width as the container or root ball.

Remove the buckeye’s roots from the container or burlap and loosen them gently. Also remove any twine holding the roots together. Untangle the roots and spread them out in the planting hole.

  • Feed the buckeye tree seedlings once each month during the growing season with a 10-10-10 NPK (nitrogen-phosphorous-potassium) fertilizer at half the normal dosage rate.
  • Remove the buckeye’s roots from the container or burlap and loosen them gently.

Backfill the planting hole with the displaced soil, planting the buckeye tree about 1 inch higher than it was planted in the container.

Spread a 2-inch layer of bark mulch or composted wood chips around the base of the buckeye tree. Water the soil deeply to moisten it thoroughly around the root zone.

Continue to water the buckeye tree deeply once each week, if rainfall is less than a half inch. Wait until the transplanted nursery tree is in its second growing season before applying a commercial fertilizer.

Lay a mesh screen over the buckeye seeds and beneath the straw mulch during the winter to protect them from hungry squirrels.

Stop watering and fertilizing the buckeye tree seedlings in mid-August to prepare them for the winter season.

Don’t pick the buckeye seed pods while they’re still on the tree because these seeds are not yet mature. Wait until the seeds fall off the buckeye trees and collect them from the ground beneath the trees.

9 Deer-Resistant Flowering Shrubs to Plant This Fall

Almost every gardener loves the scent of roses, but for deer a rosebush smells like dinner. You could go out and plant some of the coarse evergreen shrubbery that deer are known to avoid, but you may find yourself just as disinterested in the garden as the deer if there are no flowers to enjoy.

Fortunately, there are a small number of flowering shrubs that deer typically leave alone. Here is a collection of the most handsome and fragrant of them, with at least a few choices for gardeners in every corner of the country.

1. Mock Orange
(Philadelphus spp.)

Mock orange was named for the heavenly fragrance of its flowers, which is reminiscent of orange blossoms. Its flowers are much larger than citrus blossoms, but they do have the same pure white color. There are varieties of mock orange native to both sides of the continent, though P. coronarious, a European variety, is the one most often found in nurseries.

Where it will grow: Hardy to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 40 degrees Celsius (USDA zones 3 to 9 find your zone )
Light requirement: Full sun or dappled shade
Water requirement: Moderate
Mature size: 8 to 12 feet tall

2. Bottlebrush Buckeye
(Aesculus parviflora)

Native to the forests of the southeastern U.S., bottlebrush buckeye thrives in dappled shade and tolerates hot, humid conditions. Its white flower spikes grow up to 12 inches long and are held above the leaves like candelabras. The flowers give way to an attractive but inedible nut that resembles a chestnut (the seeds and foliage are poisonous to humans if eaten).

Where it will grow: Hardy to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 29 degrees Celsius (zones 5 to 9)
Light requirement: Dappled shade to full sun
Water requirement: Moderate
Mature size: 12 to 15 feet tall

3. Lilac
(Syringa vulgaris)

Lilac flowers exude a subtle but exquisite aroma and are known for their long spring bloom period. Lilac needs cold winters to bloom well, not the best choice for the South, but it is probably second only to roses as a favorite fragrant shrub in Northern climates. Use it as a hedge or train it into a tall fountain-shaped shrub as a focal point amid a bed of spring bulbs. (Beware that lilac is mildly invasive in some areas, mainly in Canada.)

Where it will grow: Hardy to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 40 degrees Celsius (zones 3 to 7)
Light requirement: Full sun
Water requirement: Moderate
Mature size: 8 to 12 feet tall

4. Winter Daphne
(Daphne odora)

Another shrub with an intoxicating fragrance, winter daphne is one of the earliest-blooming shrubs there is — in mild climates the blossoms open in early February and last for weeks. It’s a small evergreen shrub with a striking branch pattern, and the popular variety ‘Aureomarginata’, shown here, has lustrous variegated leaves.

Daphne is not very cold-hardy but is small enough to grow in a container and bring indoors for the winter. Even where it can be grown outdoors all year, some gardeners choose to keep it in a pot to provide the perfect drainage conditions it requires.

Where it will grow: Hardy to 0 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 18 degrees Celsius (zones 7 to 9)
Light requirement: Partial shade
Water requirement: Moderate
Mature size: 3 to 4 feet tall

5. Viburnum
(Viburnum spp.)

There are several popular landscaping plants in the Viburnum genus, all of which have large flower clusters in summer. Snowball viburnum (V. macrocephalum) has enormous pompom flowers that are reminiscent of hydrangeas. The native highbush cranberry viburnum (V. trilobum) has flat-topped flower clusters followed by red berries that are a feast for birds in fall — and are edible by humans as well, though they are extremely sour. On the whole, viburnums aren’t known for fragrance, but at least one species — Burkwood’s viburnum (V. x burkwoodii) — has a gardenia-like fragrance.

Where it will grow: Hardy to minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 46 degrees Celsius (zones 2 to 9), depending on the species
Light requirement: Partial to full sun
Water requirement: Moderate
Mature size: 8 to 12 feet tall

6. Bluebeard
(Caryopteris spp.)

This butterfly favorite grows as a small woody shrub that is often mistaken for some of the blue-flowering Salvia species. Bluebeard has intensely colored blue or purple flowers, depending on the variety, that rise in whorled spikes above its fragrant foliage. It’s a good choice for a low hedge around beds of perennials or annuals.

Where it will grow: Hardy to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 29 degrees Celsius (zones 5 to 9)
Light requirement: Full sun
Water requirement: Minimal water once established
Mature size: 3 to 4 feet tall

7. Butterfly Bush
(Buddleia davidii)

As the name implies, this is one of the best shrubs for attracting butterflies to the garden. It’s an upright grower with an attractive vase-shaped form that makes it useful as a centerpiece in a bed of annuals or perennial flowers. Butterfly bush resembles lilac (minus the fragrance) but thrives in hot, humid places where lilac often fails. It is a summer bloomer.

Note that butterfly bush is invasive in some areas there are numerous noninvasive modern cultivars, including ‘Asian Moon’ and ‘Miss Ruby’.

Where it will grow: Hardy to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 29 degrees Celsius (zones 5 to 10)
Light requirement: Full sun
Water requirement: Minimal water once established
Mature size: 6 to 8 feet tall

8. Witch Hazel
(Hamamelis spp.)

A large shrub with fringy flower petals and a delightful scent, witch hazel is known for the profuse blooms on its bare branches in late winter or early spring. There are several species native to eastern North America that are available at nurseries. The shrubs are also known for their yellow-orange foliage in fall.

Where it will grow: Hardy to minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 34 degrees Celsius (zones 4 to 8)
Light requirement: Partial to full sun
Water requirement: Moderate
Mature size: 10 to 15 feet tall

9. Eastern Sweetshrub
(Calycanthus floridus)

This Southeastern native is a woodland shrub known for the fruity fragrance of its wine-red blossoms and the spicy aroma of its foliage. It is alternatively known as Carolina allspice and strawberry bush because of its various aromatic qualities. There is actually great diversity in the fragrance of individual plants — some even have no fragrance or an objectionable odor. For this reason it’s always best to purchase plants when they are in bloom so you can be sure of the scent.

Where it will grow: Hardy to minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 34 degrees Celsius (zones 4 to 9)
Light requirement: Partial shade or dappled sun
Water requirement: Moderate
Mature size: 6 to 10 feet tall

See how to grow Eastern sweetshrub

Buckeye AZ Real Estate: What’s Driving all of its Growth?

A mere 30 miles from downtown Phoenix, you may not be overly familiar with Buckeye, even if you have spent your whole life in the area. And even if you had spent some time in Buckeye in the past, you are not likely to recognize it unless you have been there very recently. Here are some of the big changes happening and increasing the popularity of real estate in that suburb.

Huge area

Weighing in at over 600 square miles , Buckeye’s potential for real estate development is not limited by available space in the same way that other Arizona cities are. For comparison’s sake, another West Valley city that has been growing considerably, Goodyear is only about 191 square miles . This gives unique opportunities to real estate investors looking to maximize their returns AND those looking for the perfect house with the perfect yard. There is still plenty of room left over for would-be employers to build all sorts of commercial and industrial complexes in Buckeye.

Bill Gates’ smart city in Tonopah

Belmont Partners (the investment firm of none other than Mr. Bill Gates) recently announced that it would be undertaking the development of a smart city just west of Buckeye in Tonopah. While it is under construction, Buckeye is a logical place for all of the people working on it to live. When it is complete, it is estimated that some 180,000 people will live there, meaning that Buckeye will no longer be the westernmost Phoenix suburb. Somehow I don’t think Buckeye residents will mind given the boost it is sure to give to all of their property values, especially in new housing developments.

A huge influx of master-planned communities

Speaking of new developments … Buckeye, AZ is home to some of the most coveted new neighborhoods (at some of the most affordable prices) in the entire Phoenix-metro area. With homes already occupied in communities like Verrado (one of the best-selling communities in the entire nation ), Sundance, Tartesso and Festival Ranch, even more new houses are being planned in other communities that are currently at various phases of construction. The current affordability of Buckeye means that families and retirees alike can have brand new homes that are much larger in size than they could afford in other parts of the Valley. Luckily for them, their investment is likely to pay of financially too given all of the other reasons people are flocking to Buckeye.

New freeway increasing accessibility

One headache for people looking to reach Buckeye has been the traffic they have to fight during rush hours. But that will soon be a thing of the past. When the new Interstate 11 freeway is complete, a portion of it will run smack dab through the middle of the City of Buckeye. The freeway is sure to bring more commercial development, which in turn increases the number of jobs in Buckeye and the value of the city’s real estate. In fact, Buckeye is already seeing a positive impact from the new freeway.

Out-of-towners of another kind

In addition to being one of the fastest-growing cities in the country and plans for the nearby smart city, Buckeye has also made headlines because of another notable real estate transaction. A 3,500 square foot house and surrounding acreage is listed for a cool $5 million. And you will never believe its features and amenities. To heck with the new freeway, this property has two portals to other dimensions . If you can deal with all of the aliens you will potentially need to fight off, this 10 acre property could be a great investment!

While the last point in this article is obviously tongue-in-cheek, we are completely serious when we say that Buckeye AZ real estate is an out-of-this-world option if you are looking to invest your money in an area that is already incredibly livable, has new amenities being added regular and that has tremendous upside from a financial perspective. If you are interested in checking out some Buckeye real estate — whether that means a house or some land — be sure to look us up. Our West Valley realtors are up-to-date on all of the most recent developments and news coming out of the area, meaning that they are uniquely qualified to help you consider the full picture of the changes coming to Buckeye when picking your property.

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