I don’t think that I have ever been accused of being fast, (especially by the boys in high school), but this is very slow for me. Better late than never, I hope, Joy.
Back in March I published a post on the Courthouse Square in Toronto. This has long been a favourite park of mine in Toronto, ever since my landscape design teacher took his class to see it. At that time, it was a fairly young space, designed by that great landscape architect, Janet Rosenberg. My teacher brought his class to show us how the ‘hard’ landscaping flowed and the many different types it included, but I will always remember the plants.
So I wrote a post and showed all my readers what a great space this is. At the time Joy asked me, what a particular shrub was, and I had no clue. But it started flowering a couple of weeks ago, and I found out who it was.
This was the original photograph.
Meet Aesculus parviflora or Bottlebrush buckeye, a lovely foliaged beauty.
Her leaves look like a horse chestnut or Aesculus hippocastanun, that was what was throwing me. I have several in my garden, and the darn squirrels keep planting more. But when she bloomed in mid July, I realized she was not a horse chestnut, they bloom in May.
BB (as I like to call her) is more of a shrub or small tree compared to a horse chestnut. She is a shapely 15 feet wide by 12 feet tall, and has a bit of a suckering habit (ok, everyone has one bad habit, lol).
She does respond very well to having her hair cut, you could even cut it to a few inches long and it would regrow, I think she would be a very lovely hedge.
I do not know if you dare try this on a horse chestnut, although my neighbour (from the Deliverance house) cut one off that was between him and us. Now it is regrowing with multiple leaders. And I know David Hicks has a chestnut hedge in his garden “The Grove”, although what kind of chestnut it is, I do not know.
There you go Joy, only 5 months late!