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White Buckeye (Aesculus glabra) is a low-branched, small-to-medium-sized deciduous tree that typically grows 20-40' but can reach 75 ft. tall. It is often used as an ornamental because of its corky gray bark, interesting fruit, and variable yellow to orange fall foliage. Branches bend toward the ground then arch back up, creating a rounded outline. Dense, attractive, deciduous foliage is palmately compound and the showy, erect blossom clusters are held at the ends of the twigs. The tree's fruit is a nut encased in a spiny, splitting husk. Twigs and leaves often have a slightly unpleasant odor when crushed. It is one of the first trees to leaf out and flower in the spring and the first to lose its leaves in the fall. The seeds are large, shiny and dark brown. They are sometimes carried in the pocket for good luck and supposedly to prevent rheumatism. White buckeye will tolerate lots of shade.


Uses: White Buckeye can be used for wetlands restoration. Wildlife benefit is food. Large greenish-yellow flowers are attractive to hummingbirds.

Buckeye, White