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Yellow Buckeye

Aesculus octandra

GIS Coordinate:
N40 21.239 W94 52.923

Trail Number:
T28

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Description

Family:
Sapindaceae

Foliage:
Leaves opposite, palmately compound with five leaflets

Native Locale:
Illinois, native only in a few counties in far southern end of the state

Mature Height:
60 to 80 feet

Mature Width:
25 to 35 feet

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 4 to 8

Soil Preference:
Acid Soil, Moist, well- drained soil

Growth Habit:
Oval, upright

Rate of Growth:
Moderate

Disease and Insect:
Leaf scorch and fungal leaf blotch

Landscape Value:
n/a

Additional Notes:

  • Yellow flowers are bome erect, 6 to 7 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide in May. These form pear-shaped fruit capsules that hold two dark brown seeds. Leaves will turn a pumpkin color in fall. Wood is light and tough. The gray-brown bark has large, flat, smooth plates.

Photos

Leaf - Yellow BuckeyeSummer - Yellow BuckeyeSummer '08 - Yellow Buckeye