Botanical Name: Aesculus glabra
A.K.A. fetid buckeye and American buckeye
- Reaching 45′-60′ in height.
- Rounded crown has a 25′-35′ spread
- Approximately 2′ 6″ in diameter
- Bark is a is grey with a seems to form into flakes
- Palmately compound leaf with 5 (rarely 7) serrated leaflets 4.5″ – 6″ in length.
- Flowers grow in clusters in the early spring and our quite beautiful when in full bloom
- Fruit has 1-3 shiny nut-like seeds that are covered in an oval, sometimes round, capsule covered with small spines
- State tree of Ohio (1953)
- Contains tannic acid which has traditionally been removed for tanning hides
- Although considered to be non-edible by many, there is a history of Hetuck being made from them. Hetuck is a mash that is said to have been made by Native Americans who roasted and peeled them.
- Prefers deep, rich soils that are moist, yet well drained
- Plant Hardiness Zones 4-7