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EXPLORE Look for buckeyes both on the tree and on the ground underneath the tree as they could still be attached or have fallen.

Try Your Luck

Buckeye trees are a deciduous tree of the Horse Chestnut Family and native to Midwestern and Lower Great Plain regions in the United States, extending southeast into the Nashville Basin. Preferring moist and rich organic soil and shady conditions while young, buckeye trees are an understory tree primarily found in bottom lands. One way of locating buckeyes is looking near low-lying ground for bare understory trees without leaves, as buckeye trees are the first to lose their leaves in the fall. If you plan ahead, you can also easily spot them in the spring as they are one of the first trees to leaf out in the spring, sporting showy yellow-green flowers. Their leaves palmate out in a group of five long, broad leaflets.



Unlike Any Other Nut

Unlike most nuts, buckeyes are actually poisonous, and squirrels are known as the only animal to consume them. The leaves are also toxic. Containing tannic acid, buckeye nuts cannot be eaten unless heated and leached. Native Americans used to extract the tannic acid for making leather and ground the nut into a coarse powder, casting it into rivers


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