6 responses to “Aesculus glabra”

  1. Claire Bullaro

    They actually do well in Saskatoon as there are a number of them within the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo (formerly the Sutherland Forest Nursery Station 1913 – 1965) They are generally the first trees to show color in the fall and are usually a lovely red-orange-bronze. Most other prairie trees just turn various shades of yellow, if they turn at all, so these are wonderful to see.

  2. Denis

    As an alumnus of The Ohio State University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (then just the School of Natural Resource) and having initially majored in Plant Biology (then Botany), this will rank as one of my favorite BPOTDs.

    I actually have a number of Aesculus specimens on my property, including A. sylvatica, A. turbinata, A. pavia, and A. californica along with several hybrids. Much to my frustration, I’ve had difficulties getting an A. parviflora established. I’ve tried from seeds and from #1 nursery pots and failed each time (with the “help” of rodents).

    My experience is that Ohio Buckeyes typically turn yellow and sometimes bronze rather than to orange or red. It makes me wonder whether Claire is seeing the more commonly planted A. hippocastanum in Saskatoon. They are not easy to tell apart, as both have the spiked seed cases and are superficially very similar. I do have an A. glabra from Oregon’s Forest Farm nursery that does have red fall color, but it’s definitely an exception. I need to get that in the ground eventually, as I’ve had it in a #1 nursery pot for years.

    An interesting aside is that the genus generally has two common names applied, “buckeye” and “horse chestnut”. Properly applied, the former is reserved for North American species and the latter for their Eurasian counterparts.

    1. Pat Collins

      The phrase “conker tree” is more common for the Eurasian species grown in Britain, The game of conkers is still very popular with children and has its own World Championships, for the sake of charity. Our conkers are mostly A, hippocastanum but some gardens have A. indica and some councils have been planting the hybrid A. x carnea, a cross between A. hippocastanum and A. pavia, an American red buckeye.


      1. Carol

        I met a kid collecting conkers at the Hiram Chittenden Locks in Seattle – he’s never seen them before. Though I was crazy when I told him about the conker game – though I think he was intrigued enough to try it 😉

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  4. Dana D

    I planted an Aesculus glabra where I can see it from a window. It is doing well after nearly 10 years. I live in Oklahoma where it has been exposed to heat, drought, and ice storms. It performs admirably every year. The fall color is yellow, although some years there are not many leaves as they tend to drop early during our July- August drought. I like to save at least two seeds each year as they make excellent eyes for a snowman. Also, they must be happy here as a seedling has popped up in a nearby Hellebore bed.

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