Genus Aesculus, L. (Buckeye, Horse Chestnut)
Leaves - compound (hand-shaped; leaflets, usually five, sometimes seven); opposite; edge toothed. Outline - of leaflet, long oval, long egg-shape, or long reverse egg-shape. Apex - taper-pointed. Base - pointed. Leaflet - four to nine inches long, one to three inches wide, usually minutely downy beneath. Flowers, pale yellow. April, May. Fruit - two to two and one half inches in diameter, rounded. Husk - not prickly, but uneven. Nut - one or two in a husk, large and brown. Found - from Alleghany County, Pennsylvania, southward along the Alleghany Mountains to Northern Georgia and Alabama, and westward. General Information - A tree thirty to seventy feet high. Its wood is light and hard to split. With the other species of the same genus it is preferred, above any other American wood, for the making of artificial limbs.
Keywordsleaf, trees of northeast America, trees of northeast United States, leaves opposite, tree with compound leaves, edge toothed leaves, hand-shaped leaves
Newhall, Charles S. The Trees of North-Eastern America (New York: The Knickerbocker Press, 1900) 233