Woody of the Week - Ohio Buckeye

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The Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra) is the state tree of Ohio. It is a native tree to the midwestern and plain states. The tree can reach 60 feet tall and 30 feet wide in an open area, but is about 1/2 that size when growing in an understory or shaded location. 


The Ohio buckeye prefers a moist but well drained site. It can adapt to drier sites, but will often exhibit some leaf scorch when conditions are too dry.  It is also susceptible to a leaf blotch and powdery mildew when conditions are right. 


The leaves are arranged opposite of each other and are palmately compound. Each leaf has five leaflets. 


Palmately Compound Leaf


The flowers are yellow-green in color. The tree flowers as the leaves are also emerging in the spring. The stamens extend beyond the petals. The flowers are frequented by a variety of bees. The activity earlier today when I captured the photos at Toledo Botanical Garden was a buzz!


Flower of the Ohio Buckeye


For more information about the Ohio buckeye, check out the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry website at http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov