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Texas Buckeye Aesculus glabra var. arguta (Aesculus arguta)


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Texas Buckeye
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Alternate name: White Buckeye

Family: Hippocastanaceae, Horse-chestnut view all from this family

Description White buckeye or Texas buckeye is a small, multi-trunked tree, 10-25 ft., which can reach 50 ft. It is similar to Ohio buckeye but smaller in all parts. Clusters of pale-yellow blooms; palmately compound, glossy leaves; and an open-spreading crown are the tree's landscape attributes. White buckeye is deciduous.

Warning Seeds are poisonous to humans if eaten. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plantís different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.

Habitat Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Watersides (fresh).

Range Plains, Great Lakes, Rocky Mountains, New England, Texas, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast.

Comments This is a good specimen tree for a small space. It is better adapted to hot, dry conditions than the similar Ohio buckeye.

Exposure Preference Sun to partial sun.

Flower May

Native Distribution C. Texas, n. to e. Kansas; cultivated westward

Site Preference Wooded ravines; hillsides

Soil Preference Sand, limestone or granite soils.