Horse Chestnut Varieties – Are Buckeyes And Horse Chestnuts The Same?

Buckeye Leaves:

The leaves are usually dark green with white stripes or spots. They have no teeth and they do not seem to be poisonous. They may cause pain if bitten into but it’s unlikely that anyone would actually get sick from them. There is one species of horse chestnut which does produce poisonous leaves called the “black locust” (Ligustrum pumilio). These leaves are very toxic to humans and other mammals.

However, horses don’t seem to suffer any ill effects when eating these leaves.

Chestnut Leaves:

The leaves of the chestnut tree look similar to those of the horse chestnut tree except that they have black hairs growing out of them instead of white ones. They are covered with small round holes called scutes. The leaves of the chestnut tree grow up to 1 foot long and they are usually 2 inches wide. They have sharp spines at their tips.

What To Do With A Bunch Of Buckeyes Or Horse Chestnuts?

If you want to eat some horse chestnuts or bocaccio, just cut off a few pieces and put them in your mouth! If you’re looking for something else, then you might like to try making a tea from them. Don’t throw away the shells, they make great kindling for a fire! If you’re looking for chestnuts to cook with, then look no further!

More About The Horse Chestnut Tree:

The horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is a medium-sized tree that can reach over 30 metres in height.

Sources & references used in this article:

EFFECTS OF LIGHT AND MOISTURE ON GROWTH AND MORPHOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF HORSECHESTNUT (Aesculus hippocastanum L.) … by HB Özel, N Bilir – Poljoprivreda i Sumarstvo, 2016 – 89.188.43.75

Flavonoids in Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) Seeds and Powdered Waste Water Byproducts by I Kapusta, B Janda, B Szajwaj, A Stochmal… – Journal of agricultural …, 2007 – ACS Publications

… IN LEAVES OF PLANT SPECIES OF GENUS AESCULUS L. DURING STRESSFUL INFLUENCE OF HORSE CHESTNUT LEAF MINER (CAMERARIA OHRIDELLA … by TL Demchuk, IP Hrygoryuk – Annals of Agrarian Science, 2013 – womensvoice.tsu.ge

HOST PLANTS OF THE HORSE-CHESTNUT LEAF-MINER (CAMERARIA OHRIDELLA), AND THE RAPID SPREAD OF THE MOTH IN THE UK 2002–2005 by NA Straw, C Tilbury – Arboricultural Journal, 2006 – Taylor & Francis

Chemical composition of horse-chestnut (Aesculus) leaves and their susceptibility to chestnut leaf miner Cameraria ohridella Deschka & Dimić by M Paterska, H Bandurska, J Wysłouch… – Acta physiologiae …, 2017 – Springer

Buckeye (Aesculus Species) by VB Stewart – 1916 – Cornell University

Horse chestnut: cultivation for ornamental purposes and non-food crop production by HS Betts – 1945 – books.google.com

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