Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)

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Forest Types: Beech-Maple


Small tree with leaves composed of 5 palmately arranged leaflets; fruit a distinctive prickly ball; growing primarily in the Midwest.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: Usually an understory tree, mixed with other hardwoods; growing primarily in the Midwest.

Stature: 30-50 feet high; to 2 feet in diameter; often spreading and bush-like--or growing as a small tree with a broad, rounded crown.

Leaves: Compound, composed of 5 leaflets 3-6 inches long, arranged palmately; finely toothed; yellowish green; malodorous when crushed.

Bark: Thick; gray; deeply furrowed or plated; malodorous.

Flowers: Yellowish green.

Fruit: A large, prickly ball 1-2 inches long; interior a large, polished brown seed.

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Aesculus glabra

Aesculus glabra

Aesculus glabra

Aesculus glabra

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