Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub; Tree
Perennial
Polygamous

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Piedmont), a broad Southern Appalachian endemic

Look for it in moist forests, up to nearly 2000m, esp prominent in seepy cove forests, in the Piedmont only in "montane" habitats, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Palmately compound
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellow
Bisexual & unisexual
5-lobed calyx
4 petals

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Aesculus flava   FAMILY Sapindaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Aesculus flava   FAMILY Hippocastanaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 116-01-003:
Aesculus octandra   FAMILY Hippocastanaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Yellow Buckeye


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picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_aeoc2_001_lvd

        

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_aeoc2_002_lvd

        

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm0303j_21

March    Oconee County    SC

Oconee Station/Station Cove

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm0303k_19

March    Oconee County    SC

Oconee Station/Station Cove

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm0403b_14

March    Oconee County    SC

Oconee Station/Station Cove

In general, Yellow Buckeye is found in mountainous areas, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm0503a_17

March    Polk County    NC

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm0503a_21

March    Polk County    NC

As the bud scales separate, the leaves become visible.

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm120330_305b

March    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Corolla tubular with 4 very unequal petals; stamens shorter than petals, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.


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picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm140322_356

March    Oconee County    SC

Oconee Station/Station Cove

One of the earliest trees to leaf out in the Spring.

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm160323_061

March    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm120414_939b

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Calyx tomentose, glandular hairy, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm120414_939c

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Upper petals often streaked with red, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm120414_939d

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm150423_549

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm150425_817

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm170408_476

April    Laurens County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_flava_yellow_1

April        

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_aesculus_flava

April        

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_aesculus_flava_2

April        

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    s050417_ab

April    Polk County    NC

Opposite, palmately compound leaves with usually 5 finely toothed leaflets, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

Sam Pratt    sbp_20140418_162249

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

Sam Pratt    sbp_20140418_162457

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm160503_174

May    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_aesculus_flava2

May        

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

Ron Lance    rwl28_a

May        

With age bark becomes scaly or with large gray to brown plates, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm100626_080

June    Avery County    NC

The Roan Highlands

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm0407n_28

July    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Early to begin turning color in the Fall.

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm150808_648

August    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm150808_682

August    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Capsules 5-8cm broad, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm150927_235

September    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_aesculus_flava_9605_4

September        

picture of Aesculus octandra, image of Aesculus flava

JK Marlow    jkm121007_409

October    Wythe County    VA

New River Trail

Young bark gray and smooth, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.