Mexican buckeye Sapindaceae Ungnadia
speciosa Endl. symbol: UNSP
Leaf: Alternate, pinnately compound, to 12 inches overall, with 3-7 ovate to narrowly elliptical leaflets per leaf; leaflets on short stalk, each to 5 inches long with serrate margins, shiny dark green above and pale pubescent below; turning yellow in the fall.
Flower: Bright pink and fragrant, with 5 petals, borne in small clusters; appearing just before or with the leaves.
Fruit: A distinctive 3-lobed 1 1/2 inch red-brown woody capsule containing 1-3 shiny dark brown leathery seeds; capsule often persisting on the tree; similar to a buckeye.
Twig: Stout, orange-brown to gray-brown, pubescent, covered in reddish lenticels; leaf scars broad and 3-lobed; buds are dome-shaped.
Bark: Young bark is gray-brown and covered with warty lenticels, becoming shallowly fissured.
Form: A large shrub or small tree to 30 feet tall with a spreading crown.
Additional Range Information: Ungnadia speciosa is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting Mexican buckeye.
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database - Horticulture Information
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654