The buckeye tree is the state tree of Ohio, but it is also found throughout the Mississippi Valley, Nashville Basin and scattered throughout the South.
- Buckeyes grow best in moist, rich soil with a variable Ph level.
- Plant seed in autumn. Bury in loose soil about 3 inches deep.
- Buckeyes prefer partially shady to partially sunny conditions. Before maturity, they especially prefer shade.
- Water your buckeye about 1 inch per week, a little at a time, being careful not to over water.
- The buckeye tree is of medium height, around 60 feet tall and 24 inches in diameter.
- The buckeye tree has leaflets of five.
- Buckeye flowers bloom in yellow, yellow-green or cream-colored clusters.
- The buckeye tree is often confused with the horse chestnut. The horse chestnut has leaflets of seven and sticky buds.
- Buckeye wood is lightweight, 28 pounds per cubic foot as compared to 75 per cubic foot for oak.
- Artificial limbs have been made from buckeye wood in the past.
- The bark, leaves and flowers have an unpleasant odor.
- The scientific name is Aesculus glabra, and other nicknames are the Ohio buckeye, American buckeye and fetid buckeye.