Buckeyes in Bloom

Aesculus hippocastanumCommon Horsechestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum), a species originally from SE Europe/Asia, now widely cultivated. Note that some are yellow inside, some pinkish-red; the latter have already been pollinated. Aesculus X carneaRed Horsechestnut, a hybrid of Horsechestnut and Red Buckeye, Aesculus X carnea. (Unless it’s a hybrid of Red Buckeye and Yellow Buckeye, Aesculus X hybrida.) The above two are near-neighbors in Green-Wood.Aesculus flavaYellow Buckeye (A. flava), also known as Sweet Buckeye and Big Buckeye, has much less showy flowers. The stamens don’t even project (as they do for the Ohio Buckeye (A. glabra). This is a magnificent specimen tucked into the edge of the Long Meadow in Prospect Park; it usually produces a rich crop of seeds, known as buckeyes or conkers. Yellow Buckeye is native to the Ohio River valley and the nearby Appalachian region.

1 Response to “Buckeyes in Bloom”

  1. 1 Ellen May 21, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Love your beautiful photos! It is definitely inspiring me to get to Prospect Park to see these in person. I have enjoyed all your posts and photos of birds and flowers. I love Spring! Thanks so much for sharing this for days I cannot get out myself.

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