red buckeye Hippocastanaceae Aesculus
|Leaf: Opposite, palmately compound, usually 5, elliptical, serrated leaflets, each 4 to 6 inches long, dark green and glabrous above.
Flower: Beautiful, upright cluster of dark-red tubular flowers, each cluster 4 to 7 inches long, appearing in spring.
Fruit: Three-parted smooth husk containing 1 to 3 shiny brown fruits, mature in fall.
Twig: Stout, light-brown with raised lenticels, large opposite shield-shaped leaf scars, large pointed orange-brown buds are often paired at the ends of twigs.
Bark: Splotchy gray-brown, initially smooth but with size will develop scaly patches.
Form: Small, often multi-stemmed tree reaches heights of 15 to 25 feet.
Looks like: bottlebrush buckeye
- painted buckeye
| Additional Range Information:
Aesculus pavia is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting red buckeye.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson