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Tree of the Week - yellow buckeye 

Fabulous Buckeye Flowers in mid-springHorsechestnut/yellow buckeye

Aesculus flava (octandra)--Yellow Buckeye, aka Horsechestnut

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8 
Height: 70 ft
Spread: 60 ft
Form: oval 
Type: deciduous tree 
Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches 
Flowers: Yellow 

Comments: Also known as Horsechestnut, Yellow Buckeye is a beautiful large-growing tree. It produces erect clusters of creamy yellow flowers in May and June. These are followed by nuts in a mahogany color that squirrels love. The leaves are dark green, with an unusual shape reminiscent of the tropics, and can become a yellow to orange in autumn. The gray and brown bark provide additional interest, especially in winter when the tree has a very bold outline in the landscape. 

Young Buckeye after bloom

See also the Red Horsechestnut species, Aesculus x carnea

Check out more trees from the Tree of the Week Archive.

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