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Buckeye?
« on: October 27, 2018, 02:09:48 PM »
Is this a buckeye? The tree is growing where my son lived in Cadillac Mi. He says the squirrels are crazy for them.


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Re: Buckeye?
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2018, 02:52:24 PM »
More likely horsechestnut. 
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Re: Buckeye?
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2018, 03:19:17 PM »
Isn't that a buckeye?
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Re: Buckeye?
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2018, 03:20:55 PM »
Looks like a sweet gum pod when they are green.  Usually when they are brown the seed pores are all open so you see the holes.  
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Re: Buckeye?
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2018, 04:20:45 PM »
I think we are well out of the range for sweetgum. He says it is a nut, it has heft.
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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2018, 05:07:56 PM »
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Re: Buckeye?
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2018, 07:39:29 PM »
I would say sweetgum also but I do understand that horse chestnuts have a husk on it also. Open it up and see if it looks like a Buckeye Horse Chestnut and buckeyes look alike but different hales
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Re: Buckeye?
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2018, 07:45:47 PM »
It's in range for horsechestnut. Buckeye just barely reaches lower Lower Michigan. Of course, it could be non-native. Do you have the VT tree app, Jeff? It's great. A big download, but worth it. 
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« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2018, 10:55:45 PM »
The only buckeye that I've ever seen, or at least that's what I was told they were, had a three lobed nut. The nuts inside were hard as rocks. This was in Texas and the tree was more like a large shrub. Never did get very big.

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Re: Buckeye?
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2018, 12:39:43 AM »
I would say it looks like sweet gum.  Buckeye would not be quite so pointy, and a little lighter brown,  But if it was buckeye you could peel off the outer shell and see the buckeye.

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Re: Buckeye?
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2018, 01:08:54 AM »
Sweetgum in my area has a more round ball and shorter spikes with a lot more of them. I had forgotten about the spines on the buckeye but now the fog is starting to lift and I'm recalling the immense pain from stepping on them. 
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Re: Buckeye?
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2018, 06:02:55 PM »
It doesn't look like any of the sweetgum balls I've got at my house.....I hate those things. Once the gum balls dry out the spikes split in half at the base to drop the sand like seeds out.
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Re: Buckeye?
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2018, 10:48:03 PM »
Buckeye pods are much smoother. That looks like gum tree pod. I collected a bunch of gum pods and a friend cast them in colored resin. I sliced them off the cast cylinder and then turned them on the lathe to make pendant necklaces.



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Re: Buckeye?
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2018, 07:46:32 AM »
Well if the squirrels love them its not sweet gum, theres nothing for them to eat.
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Re: Buckeye?
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2018, 11:39:48 AM »
Jeff, that is a horse chestnut. Buckeyes are a type of horse chestnut. Gene

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« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2018, 07:43:24 AM »
I've got several of them,buckeyes .As a matter of fact several  of the saplings from one tree are doing very well as I type in Flatrock Mich .at the home of an OSU fan .
The nuts can be in clusters within the same pod or single nuts .I suppose the squirrels eat them but I never paid much attention .I've got three varieties of hickory and 4 varieties of oaks as well as walnut so they have plenty of choices plus the vast corn fields .They are quite plump to say the least .

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Re: Buckeye?
« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2018, 08:16:30 AM »
Yes, horsechestnut.
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Re: Buckeye?
« Reply #17 on: October 30, 2018, 10:38:15 AM »
   Must be a different species of horse chestnut/buckeye than I have. I have lots of buckeyes but all have a smooth outer shell. They look almost like a small pear before they open. Once open they look almost exactly like our Chinese chestnuts. Only way I can tell the 2 apart is the Chinese chestnuts have what looks like hair on the end of the nut.

    Buckeyes were supposed to be good luck and help keep you from getting rheumatism or arthritis and such. Lots of old timers used to carry one. 

    Buckeye nuts are supposed to be poison to eat. We used to hear one side was okay and a squirrel knew which side as we'd sometimes find half eaten buckeyes on the place. My son's professor in one of his forestry classes told him that was a young squirrel who did not know better and he ate half then got sick and quit.

    I cut some buckeye every year into half inch live edge boards, air dry them and plane one side and give them to my daughter and they use them at their annual cancer camp for wood burning classes as it is a soft white wood.
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