painted buckeye Hippocastanaceae Aesculus sylvatica
Leaf:Opposite, palmately compound, 5 elliptical to obovate, serrated leaflets, each 4 to 6 inches long, dark green above, paler below.
Flower:Upright clusters of yellow, yellow-green, cream, pink or even red bell-shaped flowers, each cluster 4 to 7 inches long, appearing in early spring.
Fruit:Three-parted smooth husk containing usually 1 chestnut brown seed; matures in late summer.
Twig:Stout, light brown or gray, with raised lenticels, large opposite shield-shaped leaf scars, large pointed orange-brown buds are often paired at the ends of twigs.
Bark:Light gray-brown and smooth, mottled looking.
Form:Large shrub or small tree up to 20 feet tall, open crown.