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Planted at Mount Vernon

  • Bowling Green
  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    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.



    Type of Plant


    Bloom Season

    April - May




    Max Height: 75'
    Max Spread: 50'


  • Shade Tree

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun


    Do not ingest


    Native Range

    Eastern United States


    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..."

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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