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Yellow buckeye

Aesculus flava

Yellow buckeye is the largest of the buckeyesIt has an irregular to upright-oval crown and is considered a canopy tree.  If left to achieve its natural form, the sturdy branches will commonly sweep the ground. The bark often exfoliates with age and creamy yellow, upright flower panicles appear in late spring. The leaves turn orange to red in the fall and the tree is adorned with large 2–3-inch nuts encased in a tan shell.  It rarely troubled by foliar diseases but needs protection from wind to prevent leaf scorch. It prefers moist, rich, well-drained soil. 

Photo Credit: A. Barra, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Form: Oval

Growth Rate: Moderate

Light: Full Sun

Site Selection: Open Spaces (Parks/ Lawns)

Size: 50 – 100 ft.

Tolerances: Clay Soils, Wet/ Saturated Soils

Value: Fall Color, Flower, Native to Eastern North America

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