Mistakes to Avoid when Growing a Buckeye Tree

The buckeye tree is a popular plant for landscaping because it's eye-catching in all seasons. If you decide to try growing buckeyes, avoid these simple mistakes.

Not Understanding the Needs of a Buckeye Tree

You can easily avoid growing mistakes by understanding the requirements of a buckeye tree. Although they are hardy growers, certain things can benefit or hinder the tree's full growth.

The buckeye tree prefers a moist and well-draining soil, which is neither too acid nor too alkaline. Gardeners often plant them in soil which is too dry. Buckeye tree roots are not very resistant to droughts and dry-periods. Not watering the buckeye enough is another mistake which can kill a perfectly good tree.

Buckeyes prefer partially shady conditions over full sun or full shade, although they can adapt. If you grow the buckeye tree in an area which is too exposed, you can cause the plant to grow very slowly or even stop growing at all. Too sunny a spot can also dry out the tree too quickly and leave it starving for water and nutrients.

Water frequently right up until Halloween. Mulch and fertilize the tree after the beginning of November.

Placing the Buckeye Tree Too Close to the House

Placing the buckeye tree too near the house can be a mistake, due to the extremely unpleasant odor of the plant. The bark, leaves and flowers all produce a scent that you may not enjoy close to your home.

Planting the buckeye too near to the house is also a mistake due to the size of the tree. It can grow to around 82 feet in height and is often very wide. Putting a large tree into too small a space is likely to dwarf other plants. Furthermore, it is bad for the tree; constant pruning of intruding branches may damage the whole buckeye.