How can I tell the difference between a buckeye tree and a chestnut tree. I...

Asked October 12, 2015, 11:08 AM EDT

How can I tell the difference between a buckeye tree and a chestnut tree. I came across a surviver chestnut tree in southern Ohio and gathered some nuts? It was identified as a chestnut by the owner. I have 50 nuts and will share them with O.S.U. if they have any interest. Phil Young cell 937 536 5894

Clark County Ohio

1 Response

Phil,

Thank you for your question. The easiest way to tell the difference between the horse chesnut and the buckeye are by its leaves. Buckeyes leaves are oblong, and pointed with five leaflets, while the horse chesnut are more oblong, but rounded with seven leaflets. The true chesnut has a more tear drop shaped nut. See the following link for a great article on identifying characteristics of the three tree types.

http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/chestnuts-horse-chestnuts-and-ohio-buck...