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Yellow Horsechestnut (Sweet Buckeye)

Aesculus octandra

Leaves: Deciduous. 5 leaflets spread out like fingers from a palm of a hand, making the leaf compound palmate. Leaflets are 4 to 6 inches long, oblong or narrow elliptic in shape. Finely serrated leaf edge. Dark green color above, yellow green beneath. May turn a pumpkin color in fall.

Bark/Twigs: Bark is a combination of gray and brown with large, flat, smooth plates and scales on older trunks.

Flowers/Fruit: Flowers are yellow with a tinge of green and are borne in erect clusters or panicles, 6 to 7 inches long by 2 to 3 inches wide, in May. Fruit is a smooth, 2 to 3 inch long capsule, usually containing two brown seeds.

Mature size and shape: Large. 50 feet high. Upright oval to slightly spreading crown shape. Larger than A. glabra.

General information/special features: Plant in full sun. Prefers deep, moist, well-drained soil. Very tolerant of dry, alkaline soils.

Landscape use and maintenance: Large shade tree with dense summer foliage. Average growing rate. Average maintenance.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 to 8

Family/Origin: Hippocastanaceae – Buckeye. Pennsylvania to Tennessee, northern Alabama, and northern Georgia, west to Ohio and Illinois. Also known as Aesculus flava.

Campus Use: Rare. Only specimen. Can be found on south side in President's Circle.

Last Updated: 6/3/22