Mystery Tree

shilty(6)July 5, 2012

This tree grows here in Southern Illinois, sometimes wild,

sometimes in someone's yard... sometimes the red blooms/seed pods (whichever they are) seem bright red, and contrast beautifully with the green leaves; sometimes it is not quite so red as it may be ocher or orange...

I hope some of the smartest people I've ever known will know the name of this tree.

Thanks in advance!

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Whatever it is, it's beautiful.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 9:50PM
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Looks like horse-chestnut/buckeye to me.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 8:25AM
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gandle(4 NE)

I too think it is Aesculus possibly pavia but a close up of the leaves and flowers would help. pavia usually doesn't get as big as the picture seems to show, at least around here but again, a close up would help.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 10:01AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

It's the Red Buckeye...Aesculus pavia. This wonderful plant grows well within your Southern Illinois home. It's a fine native plant and a favorite of hummingbirds. The 'nuts ' are toxic.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 10:06AM
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Thank you, everyone...

No close up Gandle... have to wait until next May and June when it 'blooms' again. One tree in the local town is at least 45 tall, can be seen from some distance away... others are small due to not being very old.

I know that water, climate and acidity in soils can affect
the hue of blooms the world over... suspect this tree is no different, some 'blooms' are so bright red the red and green contrast look like christmas; others are orange to

Pretty to look at.


    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 3:40PM
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I grow and propagate red buckeye and even have an allee made of them. They can be tough to differentiate from the red chestnut, but when your conkers or buckeyes form, it's easy to tell the difference. Red buckeyes have a smooth hull and chestnut have a spiny or nubby hull. Hybrids between them as the Briotti have the spiny hull as well.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 12:36AM
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