Aesculus sylvatica
Common name: 
Painted Buckeye
Georgia Buckeye
ES-ku-lus sil-VAT-i-ka
Sapindaceae, Hippocastanaceae
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf deciduous shrub or small tree, commonly 10-20(30) ft (3-6(9) m) tall, occasionally trees reported to be several times higher.  Leaves opposite, palmately compound, 5-leaflets, each 10-15 cm long, 4-6 cm wide, ovate to obovate, tapering at apex and base, margin finely and often doubly serrate, dark green, pubescent when young, finally more or less hairless (glabrous).  Flowers yellow, yellow-green, cream, pink or even red bell-shaped, in cluster 10-18 cm long, appearing in early spring.  Fruit three-parted, smooth husk, containing usually 1 chestnut brown seed.
  • Sun to part shade; best in moist, well-drained soil, grows poorly in dry soil.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5     Native from Virginia to Georgia, west to Tennessee and Alabama.
  • sylvatica: of the woods.
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    plant habit, flowering

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    flower clusters and leaves

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    fruit and leaves

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    plant habit, winter

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    trunk, bark

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    winter twig, buds