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Buckeye

Buckeye
Buckeye

Buckeye
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 palmĀ  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
LocationPointsC.B.H.HeightCrown
Bellevue State Park, Wilmington2221287863
4185 St. George’s Rd., St. Georges2071424965
Sweet buckeye – Aescculus octandra
LocationPointsC.B.H.HeightCrown
Hagley Museum, Wilmington2101227936