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Similar but less problematic plants:
Aesculus flava Aesculus flava flowers
Aesculus glabra is often confused with:
Eleutherococcus sieboldianus Eleutherococcus sieboldianus
Native alternative(s) for Aesculus glabra:
Aesculus flava Aesculus flava flowers
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Vaccinium corymbosum Vaccinium corymbosum
Quercus velutina Quercus velutina
Acer glabrum Acer glabrum var. diffusum
Aesculus glabra has some common insect problems:
Bagworms in Ornamental Landscapes
Japanese Beetles on Ornamental Landscape Plants

Aesculus glabra

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ES-kew-lus GLAY-brah
Description

Aesculus glabra, or Ohio Buckey is a low-branched, small to medium-sized deciduous tree that typically grows 20-40’ (less frequently to 75’).   It can produce litter that makes it challenging around hardscapes like sidewalks and patios. It works well in remote or more naturalized areas of a landscape or in a woodland garden.  It has corky gray bark. Trees show a variable amount of fall color due to differences in seedlings but are most typically yellow with some oranges and red. The flowers, bark, and stems, have an unpleasant odor when crushed, hence the sometimes common name of fetid buckeye.  Because this tree has a taproot it is very difficult to transplant.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Leaf blotch, powdery mildew, anthracnose.  Leaf scorch occurs in dry or windy conditions.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#butterflies#deciduous#fall color#shade tree#wildlife plant#nectar plant#fall interest#showy fruits
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#butterflies#deciduous#fall color#shade tree#wildlife plant#nectar plant#fall interest#showy fruits
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aesculus
    Species:
    glabra
    Family:
    Sapindaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    USA, Southern
    Distribution:
    OH river valley, Great Plains, Southern Appalachians
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 20 ft. 0 in. - 40 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 29 ft. 0 in. - 40 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Oval
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Available Space To Plant:
    24-60 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    warty or prickly, leathery capsule with 1-3 shiny, brown seeds, each with a pale scar (the "buck's eye")
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Appear in May, yellow/green in a terminal cluster, the stamens somewhat longer than the 4 petals
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    5-7 leaflets that are smooth, without hairs.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    Yes
    Stem Description:
    Unpleasant aroma.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Shade Tree
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Rabbits
    Problems:
    Weedy