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Ohio Buckeye

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Ohio Buckeye – Aesculus glabra: This tree is an ideal choice for small home landscapes, boasting nice yellow flowers, good fall colors, and a compact growth habit. It also features fan-shaped leaves, but it may be susceptible to leaf scorch in dry sites. Its spiny seeds may also require maintenance.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
30 feet
Average Landscape Width:
25 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Aesculus
Species:
glabra
Flower Color:
cream
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
copper
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Branching:
decurrent
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Ohio Buckeye features showy spikes of creamy white flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring. It has dark green deciduous foliage which emerges light green in spring. The palmate leaves turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. However, the fruit can be messy in the landscape and may require occasional clean-up.

Landscape Attributes

Ohio Buckeye is a dense deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Ohio Buckeye will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America.

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