Trees and Shrubs forum: Ohio Buckeye tree nut formation (Aesculus glabra)

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
May 28, 2018 8:54 AM CST
While browsing the entry for this plant:
Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)

These 2 pics of the nuts forming are confusing. Does the spiky covering disappear or develop as they age?


Are these younger vs. older leaves? More shade on one? Varieties/cultivars?


Although I'm a native of OH, observation of trees was never my thing, its all so far above my head! TIA for your comments.
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ViburnumValley
May 28, 2018 8:15 PM CST
The picture with the smooth seed husks are NOT seeds of Ohio Buckeye - Aesculus glabra. That is a mistake in the Database.

Rather, those are the seeds of the other tree form native species known as Yellow Buckeye - Aesculus flava. The smooth husks - versus spiny husks for Ohio Buckeye - are a very good way to tell those two species apart.

Bottlebrush Buckeye - Aesculus parviflora - also has smooth seed husks.

There can be variation in leaf morphology on a species as broadly distributed as Ohio Buckeye - but there could always be more mistakes on what is posted in the Database. Just sayin'...

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ViburnumValley
Oct 6, 2018 7:48 AM CST
Addendum to the above information...

As I go about collecting seed this fall at the Valley, I am reminded that Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) is yet another species of buckeye that has smooth husks.

Contributors of photos to the Plants Database should confirm identities of these things before posting - or leave the identity at the genus level.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Oct 6, 2018 8:36 AM CST
It sounds like some of the photos should be moved to genus level.
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ViburnumValley
Oct 6, 2018 9:41 AM CST
That's probably the only option in this case, since the incorrectly labeled seed image was contributed from another photo source.

Misidentified elsewhere, the error is continually propagated as the image is posted in more places. That's never helpful.

IF this post had been in front of me a week or two ago, I could have assembled a "team photo" of several different Aesculus species to contribute. I have the following plants all producing seed here at the Valley:

**Aesculus flava
**Aesculus glabra
**Aesculus pavia
**Aesculus parviflora
**Aesculus parviflora var. serotina
**Aesculus x carnea


Quick pop quiz: which of these have smooth husks, and which have spiny husks? Don't look at previous postings...


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