Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Painted Buckeye
Aesculus sylvatica
Hippocastanaceae

Leaves are opposite, deciduous and palmately compound with 5-7 obovate leaflets. Stout light brown twigs show prominent yellow-brown terminal buds and shield shaped leaf scars. Bark is gray to brown and smooth. Flowers range in color from creamy white to yellow-green, often with some red. Fruit is a capsule and poisonous. Form is up to 6 m (20 ft) in height. Painted buckeye is usually a shrub found in the understory on well drained mountain slopes in northern Alabama.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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