Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Red Buckeye Might Work as Companion to Walnut Tree

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Red Buckeye Might Work as Companion to Walnut Tree

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Q * I have a question about Aesculus pavia, commonly called red buckeye. Will this plant thrive in juglone-laced soil or do I have to plant it far from my walnut tree? I found that Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra) is tolerant but cannot find any article that emphatically states the red buckeye is also tolerant.

A * Lists of plants that are either friends or foes of black walnut abound. All have been compiled by individuals simply noting personal observations in the region of the country where they live. I doubt that any of the lists are fully (much less emphatically) comprehensive. View these lists simply as starting points, and you get to fill in the many blanks over your lifetime of gardening.

One factor to consider is that some compilers have noted that a reduction in toxicity among sensitive species occurs in sites with excellent soil drainage and high levels of microbial activity. …

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