chicagoland grows® Plant Introduction Program

Early Glow™ Buckeye

Aesculus glabra ‘J.N. Select’



An attractive and durable selection of the Ohio buckeye, the Early Glow™ buckeye provides interest throughout the year. The yellow-green flowers contrast nicely with the newly expanded bright green leaves in the spring. Its superior resistance to leaf blotch and leaf scorch ensures the dark green summer foliage persists all season, unlike the foliage of many seed-grown, susceptible Ohio buckeyes.

The foliage turns bright red in September in southern Wisconsin—early for a buckeye, and ahead of the other Ohio buckeye cultivars and hybrids available in the trade. Its disease resistance and resulting leaf retention ensures a reliable fall color every year. The tree silhouette is uniform and attractive year-round. Unlike typical Ohio buckeyes, Early Glow sets very little fruit, ensuring minimal litter challenges. This is a breakthrough selection of a native tree!

Developed and selected by Mike Yanny of JN Plant Selections, LLC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Hardy to USDA Zones 4-7.

Likely limited availability until 2018.

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