Buckeye, Yellow

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This tree is one of the 150 trees initially included in the arboretum to coincide with the campus's 150th anniversary celebration.

Scientific Name:
Aesculus flava


Native to:
Ohio Valley and Appalachian Mountains of the Eastern United States

Mature Height and Width:
50-75 feet by 30-50 feet

Additional Notes:
A relative of the horsechestnut, yellow buckeye is native to central Appalachia where it sometimes achieves great size, especially in moist coves.  Its strong, lightweight, and durable wood was once prized for making artificial limbs and other timber products but now it is primarily valued for its showy yellow flowers and vibrant fall foliage.