Known As: (Ohio) Buckeye, Conquerors, Conkers, Horse Chestnut,
Latin Name: Aesculus hippocastanum
Description: In the spring this tree has large candlelike
flowers that have 4 white, cream, yellow or red petals. Sitting on
a rosette of 5 to 7 large leaves. During the sumer the fruit is encased
in a round spiky green case which falls to the ground in the fall and breaks
open to reveal large shiny brown seeds with a round non-shiny end. In the
winter, the tree has large winter buds covered with sticky scales.
Poisonous Parts: Buds, nuts, leaves, bark, seedlings,
and honey. Toxins involved are saponins.
Symptoms: May produce vomiting, abdominal pain, and in some
cases diarrhea. Neurologic signs can include staggering, trembling,
breathing difficulty, dilated pupils, collapse and paralysis, which can
proceed to coma and death.
Treatment: Contact your veterinarian.