Aesculus glabra (Ohio Buckeye)
7. Near the ramp that leads down from the pavement to the grassy part of the quadrangle is a specimen of: Aesculus glabra (Ohio buckeye). A great Univeristy's sports teams are named after this tree and it is the state tree of a great state. Here is an interesting history of the Buckeye name. Everybody in Ohio should know what this tree looks like. The 5 leaflets of its palmately compound leaves resemble leaves of the very common Virginia Creeper, but Virginia Creeper is a vine. Another species of the genus, the Horse Chestnut, has nearly identical leaves except that they are bigger. Buckeyes are the first trees to leaf out in the spring and the first to drop their leaves in the fall. Their smooth shiny seeds are characteristic and fun to play with. Don't eat them! they are poisonous.