Aesculus glabra var. arguta
Aesculus glabra Willd. var. arguta (Buckley) B.L. Rob.
Ohio buckeye, White buckeye, Texas buckeye
Hippocastanaceae (Horse-Chestnut Family)
Synonym(s): Aesculus arguta, Aesculus glabra var. buckleyi
USDA Symbol: aegla
White buckeye or Texas buckeye is a small, multi-trunked tree, 10-25 ft., which can reach 50 ft. It is similar to Ohio buckeye but smaller in all parts. Clusters of pale-yellow blooms; palmately compound, glossy leaves; and an open-spreading crown are the tree’s landscape attributes. White buckeye is deciduous.
Texas Buckeye is distinguishable by the large number of narrow leaflets and usually shrubby size. It was formerly considered the species A. arguta; that Latin species name, meaning sharp, referred to the sharply toothed leaflets. It is now classified as a western shrubby variety of Ohio Buckeye. The common name of the genus is suggested by the large, rounded, dark brown seed with a white spot or scar at the base.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: May
DistributionUSA: AR , IA , KS , MO , NE , OK , TX , WY
Native Distribution: C. TX, n. to e. KS; cultivated westward
Native Habitat: Wooded ravines; hillsides
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil Description: Sand, limestone or granite soils.
Conditions Comments: This is a good specimen tree for a small space. It is better adapted to hot, dry conditions than the similar Ohio buckeye.
BenefitInteresting Foliage: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
Jacob's Well Natural Area - Wimberley, TX
BibliographyBibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Aesculus glabra var. arguta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Aesculus glabra var. arguta in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Aesculus glabra var. arguta
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-04-23
Research By: TWC Staff