Yellow Buckeye

Aesculus flava

Native to eastern North America, the yellow buckeye (or big buckeye) lives up its name by reaching heights of almost 90’ and spreads of 40’ at maturity. The leaves on the yellow buckeye are palmately compound, meaning that all 5-6 leaflets that make up the individual leaf originate from one point, like your fingers originating from the “palm” of your hand. As with other buckeye species this tree has opposite branching (branches form directly opposite of each other). A distinguishing feature on the yellow buckeye is the smooth brownish yellow husk around the fruit. Just like other buckeye species the fruit on the yellow buckeye is poisonous if eaten raw.


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