Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)

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The Ohio Buckeye grows 20 to 40 feet.

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Foliage is palmate with 5 leaves.

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The greenish-yellow, 1-inch-long flowers are produced early to mid-May in 4 to 7-inch-long terminal panicles. Unlike those of the horse chestnut, the flowers of the Ohio buckeye are not showy.

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The fruits are not as spiny as the Horse chestnut, and contain dark brown seeds with a light tan spot. It is from this resemblance to a buck's eye that the tree gets it name.  These seeds are said to bring good luck.

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Leaves turn yellow, to orange-red, to reddish-brown in the fall.

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The bark is pale gray with corky warts, deeply furrowed, and stinks when cut into.

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The thick buds of the Ohio Buckeye stand out in winter.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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