Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)

Red Buckeye Tree (Aesculus pavia) (15454 bytes) Red Buckeye Tree (Aesculus pavia) A small tree for the home landscape. Would do well as a focal tree in the shrub border or as a patio tree. American Indians threw powdered seeds and crushed branches of this tree into pools of water to stupefy fish. The fish rose to the surface and were easily caught.
red buckeye foliage (9020 bytes) Foliage is dark green, palmate with 5 leaflets.
red buckeye flowers (7517 bytes)    Yellow-Red flowers are grouped in upright panicles, each panicle is about 6" in length with each flower approximately 1 1/2" long. They contrast nicely with the dark green foliage.
red buckeye fruit (2748 bytes) Fruit is contained in a smooth tan capsule, approximately 2" in diameter and containing 1 to 3 shiny, dark brown seeds.
red buckeye bark (9777 bytes) Bark: Pioneers made home remedies from the bark and used the gummy roots as a soap substitute.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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Date last revised: 01/05/2010