Alternate name: White Buckeye
Family: Hippocastanaceae, Horse-chestnut view all from this family
Description 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.
Warning Seeds are poisonous to humans if eaten. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plantís different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.
Habitat Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Watersides (fresh).
Range Plains, Great Lakes, Rocky Mountains, New England, Texas, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast.
Comments This is a good specimen tree for a small space. It is better adapted to hot, dry conditions than the similar Ohio buckeye.
Exposure Preference Sun to partial sun.
Native Distribution C. Texas, n. to e. Kansas; cultivated westward
Site Preference Wooded ravines; hillsides
Soil Preference Sand, limestone or granite soils.