Native Americans gave this tree its name because of its chestnut-brown seeds that have a light scar that resembles the eye of a male deer (buck).
Ohio Buckeye trees grow 30-50 feet tall with a rounded canopy and 20-35 foot spread. They have a rapid growth rate and a long lifespan. The trees can be identified by their distinctive, thick, fissured gray bark.
The leaves of an Ohio Buckeye tree are light green, palmately compound with five to seven leaflets, each with a finely-toothed margin. The leaves become darker green as the season progresses. These leaves will then change to amber and orange in the fall.
Vibrant greenish-yellow flowers appear in early June. Its fruit is a leathery hulk that typically holds one to three rich brown nuts. These ripen in September and the hulls eventually break open and fall to the ground.
Ohio Buckeye trees grow best in full sunlight to partial shade. They should be planted in deep, fertile, well-drained soil. Hardiness Zone: 4-7.