The southern roadside and forest are alive with the spectacular blooms of the red buckeye, Aesculus pavia. You have to admit it is pretty amazing how nature times blooming in sequence with the return of the hummingbirds. Last year I wrote about the coral honeysuckle that is also blooming now, and both are providing nectar to the first hummingbirds of the year.
The red buckeye is hardy in zones 4-8 and is native from Texas to Illinois to Ohio and down the eastern seaboard to Florida. It excels as an early bloomer in the backyard wildlife habitat, where it feeds hummingbirds and bees.