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Plant Details

Aesculus flava [= Aesculus octandra]

Yellow Buckeye

Scientific Name:

Aesculus flava [= Aesculus octandra]

Common Name:

Yellow Buckeye

Plant Family

Sapindaceae (Soapberry Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Tree/Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

yellow often streaked with red

Size in Feet:

70 - 90 ft

Soil Moisture:

mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

Late April - mid-June

Bloom Area:

Mountains, rare in Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Moist forests, up to nearly 2000m, especially prominent in seepy cove forests, in the Piedmont only in “montane” habitats (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains, rare in Piedmont.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

Attracts butterflies. Squirrels eat the nut.

Yellow Buckeye is common in the mountains in moist forests, especially on seepage slopes in coves.

"One of the largest, most massive, and commonest trees in Southern Appalachian coves, recognizable in winter by the bark of large platelike slabs, thick twigs, and massive form." Weakley Flora May 2011

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Paynter, May, 2012

Flowers

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Fruit

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Aesculus flava tree, Craggy Gardens Picnic Area, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

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© Will Stuart, 2011

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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