Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 20-40 feet (broad oval-rounded crown)
Plant Spread: 20-40 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Other: Greenish-yellow
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Water gardens
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Other Beneficial Insects
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Other: All parts of this tree are poisonous if taken internally. Keep away from livestock; seeds and fruits are attractive to children and are dangerous.
Propagation: Seeds: Seeds are hydrophilic
Pollinators: Wasps
Miscellaneous: Monoecious


April Plants for Honey BeesApril Plants for Honey Bees
April 3, 2012

April is here and beekeepers will be kept busy trying to keep up with their bees' need for extra room to store the bounty collected from the blossoms they visited. April also marks the start of swarm season, so beekeepers will be keeping an eye out for swarms to catch; or they'll be trying to keep them from swarming by making splits.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Mar 23, 2012 2:08 PM

Honey bees get nectar from this plant

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 19, 2013 7:30 PM

Ohio's state tree.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 21, 2017 4:32 PM

I've seen this species planted in a few landscapes here and there in northeast Illinois and a few in arboretums in southeast Pennsylvania. It is native to western Pennsylvania, Ohio, most of IL & IN, Kentucky, Missouri, southern Iowa, east Kansas-Oklahoma-Texas, west Arkansas, and central Tennessee. It is slow growing of about 1 foot/year and lives about 150 to 200 years. Its leaves are of 5 leaflets and it gets a good orange fall color if the foliage is not struck by Leaf Blotch fungus heavily that happens some years of cool, wet springs, so the leaves blacken and fall in late summer. It is messy with the fallen capsules with the buckeye brown nut inside, loved by squirrels. It often makes a great climbing tree for kids. It is offered by some large, diverse nurseries, specialty nurseries, and native plant nurseries.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Maybe some sort of Buckeye? by MrsBinWY Jun 8, 2019 11:30 AM 13
Ohio Buckeye tree nut formation (Aesculus glabra) by purpleinopp Oct 6, 2018 9:41 AM 4
found bulb by Marl Jul 14, 2017 11:43 AM 7
What is this? by tobina Jun 10, 2017 2:07 AM 11
Interesting plant by Junker1004 May 20, 2016 1:20 PM 280
Need help with this seed identification by AliceMouse Jun 23, 2016 7:56 AM 6
(Aesculus glabra) by Anderwood Jun 6, 2015 9:44 PM 7
Tree by Anderwood Feb 9, 2015 3:29 PM 25

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