Native Americans reportedly called the fruit of this tree “hetuck” meaning eye-of-the-buck in reference to the supposed resemblance of the shiny dark mahogany brown fruit to the eye of a buck deer. The common name of buckeye evolved from there. Since colonial times, buckeyes have been carried by many school children and adults as good luck charms. Ohio is known as the Buckeye State and has adopted the buckeye as its State Tree. All parts of this tree, particularly the flowers, bark and twigs, emit an unpleasant odor when bruised. A good selection for more remote areas of the landscape including native plant and woodland areas.
Deciduous Shade Tree
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, fertile soils. This is a taprooted tree that once established is very difficult to transplant.
Bright green palmate compound leaves emerge in spring, each with five spreading ovate-oblong leaflets.
Greenish-yellow flowers appear in clusters in mid-spring followed by the familiar fruit.