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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”.

Horsechestnut Points C.B.H. Height Crown
Bellevue State Park, Wilmington 222 128 78 63
4185 St. George’s Rd., St. Georges 207 142 49 65
Sweet buckeye Points C.B.H. Height Crown
Hagley Museum, Wilmington 210 122 79 36