Sweet buckeye – Aesculus octandra
Horse-chestnut – Aesculus hippocastanum
Buckeye is not native to Delaware (Ohio, of course, is well-known as the “Buckeye State”) but it is widely planted because of its showy flowers and vibrant fall color. Its leaves have a distinctive palm shape with five leaflets, however its timber lacks commercial value.
Buckeye leaves are compound with five narrow oval leaflets. The fruit is a spiny capsule that contains two dark-brown, shiny seeds – each with a distinct “eye”.
|Horse-chestnut – Aesculus hippocastanum|
|Bellevue State Park, Wilmington||222||128||78||63|
|4185 St. George’s Rd., St. Georges||207||142||49||65|
|Sweet buckeye – Aescculus octandra|
|Hagley Museum, Wilmington||210||122||79||36|