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Aesculus octandra

Yellow buckeye

Yellow buckeye is the largest of all the native American Aesculus species and is often called "sweet" buckeye. This buckeye lacks the strong, offensive bark and leaf smell of Ohio buckeye. Interestingly, native Indians named the fruit "eye-of-a-buck" which translate to buckeye. This fruit is poisonous to humans but is often eaten by squirrels. All buckeye leaves are uniquely palmate.

Yellow buckeye - leaf Yellow buckeye Yellos buckeye
Photos by VT Dendrology

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Yellow Buckeye Habitat and Culture
(silvics courtesy of USFS)

From Virginia Tech w/Photos
(Big List courtesy of VT Dendrology)

North American Timber Types
(courtesy About Forestry)

The Great American Hardwood Forest
(courtesy About Forestry)

Recent Yellow Buckeye Champion: 136' height, 53' spread, 229" circumf., Great Smoky Mts National Park, Tennessee
National Register of Big Trees

Range Map
{Native Range of Yellow Buckeye}
-The native range of yellow buckeye, USFS.

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