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Planted at Mount Vernon


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  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones


    Buckeyes are large deciduous shade trees. Despite their showy flowers, they are most commonly known for their large chestnut-colored nuts, which historically were pocketed by midwesterners as a lucky token.

    Latin Name

    Aesculus sp.


    Family

    Sapindaceae


    Type of Plant

    Tree

    Bloom Season

    April - May


    Seasons

    Summer

    Specifications

    Max Height: 75'
    Max Spread: 50'

    Uses

  • Shade Tree

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Toxicity

    Do not ingest

    Colors


    Native Range

    Eastern United States


    History

    An entry in Washington's diary on April 13, 1785 states "Planted & Sowed in boxes placed in front of the Green House the following things—Box No. 1 partition No. 1 Six buck eye nuts, brought with me from the Mouth of Cheat River..."


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