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Yellow Buckeye (Aesculus octandra)

Yellow Buckeye Yellow Buckeye produces conspicuous inflorescences of yellow flowers in May. Several large trees can be seen near the Marsh Area of the Arboretum. You will also see many young buckeyes with palmate compound leaves of 5 leaflets along the Tulip Poplar Trail, the Old Kerr Hollow Road, and the Cemetery Ridge Trail.

The common name Buckeye is based on the large brown seed with a large pale scar that looks like the eye of a deer. The Buckeye seeds are poisonous. Other species of the genus Aesculus you may see in the area include Horse Chestnut frequently planted in urban areas, Red Buckeye a small tree or shrub with red flowers, and Ohio Buckeye distinguished by the rank odor of crushed leaves or stems.

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