Aesculus glabra

species of plant

Aesculus glabra or Ohio buckeye is a type of tree. It is a medium-sized deciduous tree that grows to be 15 metres (49 ft) to 25 metres (82 ft) tall. It lives in several states in eastern North America: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nebraska, Texas, and Georgia. It also grows in the far southwest of Ontario.

Three buckeye nuts from the Aesculus glabra tree

The leaves have 5 or 7 leaflets, 8 centimetres (3 in) to 16 centimetres (6 in) big. The tree grows yellow flowers in spring. The fruit is a small shell. The shell has 1-3 nuts inside of it. These nuts are called buckeyes. The buckeye got its name when Native Americans thought it looked like the eye of a buck (a male deer). Buckeyes have acid in them, and they cannot be eaten by humans.[1]

The Ohio buckeye is the state tree of Ohio. It is also the nickname of The Ohio State University mascot or any person who went or goes to the school.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Canadian Poisonous Plants Information System". Archived from the original on 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2008-02-04.