Mexican buckeye Sapindaceae Ungnadia speciosa Endl. Listen to the Latin symbol: UNSP Other Fact Sheets
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.
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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
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