painted buckeye Hippocastanaceae Aesculus sylvatica Bartram Listen to the Latin symbol: AESY Other Fact Sheets
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.

Looks like: red buckeye - bottlebrush buckeye
leaf flower fruit twig bark form map
Additional Range Information:
Aesculus sylvatica is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting painted buckeye.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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