8 responses to “Aesculus glabra and Fagus grandifolia”

  1. Denis

    Ah, a species near and dear to my heart as a an Ohio State Alumnus that studied botany then natural resources. It was a very interesting entry today.

    In my opinion, buckeyes and Old World horse chestnuts have some of the most beautiful emergent foliage this side of Acer (which I believe they are more closely allied to that oaks and chestnuts which their genus name and the common epithets of the later allude to).

    One story that some here might find amusing is that, when the football teams for the University of Oregon and the Ohio State University were getting ready to play for the national title a few years ago, my brother brought my attention to a story about the 1958 Rose Bowl and a bet between the respective university presidents. The result was that a buckeye tree was sent to Eugene, Oregon and planted on the University of Oregon campus, where it grows today. The funny part is that the Ohio State administration sent the wrong species, Asculus flava (also an Ohio native but definitely not the right species).

    https://around.uoregon.edu/content/uos-buckeye-tree-commemorated-55-years-after-fact-video

  2. Sue Frisch

    great choice…not long to go till it’s officially spring! Here in northwestern Connecticut a few Daphne mezereum ‘Alba’ buds are showing white and the maple sap started to run a week ago (2nd earliest in more than 70 years).

  3. Bonnie

    While not a student of botany this article made me go take a look at my Osage orange tree and my Red maple. Neither is active yet. Therefore to small to photograph. 🙂 Our Huisache trees are now blooming in the area, the scent is heavenly.

  4. Hollis

    Interesting description of bud characteristics, and helpful … thanks

  5. Jonathan

    Daniel, these photos are amazing, and well-timed as I am just this week and next teaching a winter plant ID class that, among other things, discusses buds and the categorizations you mentioned.

    I am wondering if I am in error: are these buds truly vegetative? Aren’t they reproductive? Both of these species bloom in spring and, though only dissection would tell for sure, I would assume most of their large terminal buds like these actually contain both flowers and leaves. What do you think? If I’ve been teaching the wrong thing, I’d sure love to know before my class next week!

    Thanks as always for showing us this beautiful world. I’ve been a reader for six years and counting, I think.

  6. lynn

    Timely, well written and instructive, thank you!

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