Jim Gilbert's Nature Notes: The Ohio buckeye

  • by: Jim Gilbert Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 12, 2013 - 1:11 PM

A small to medium-size tree, standing 20 to 40 feet tall, with a rounded crown, the Ohio buckeye is a tree native to the region stretching from Pennsylvania to Alabama — and as far west as Kansas and Texas. It has also been widely planted throughout much of Minnesota and is known for sprouting attractive yellow flower clusters in the spring. Each of the tree’s dark green leaves is composed of five to seven leaflets, arranged radially, and the shiny seeds are called buckeyes.

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