Neighborhood Nature

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Sorry, Buckeyes Aren’t Ripe Yet August 13, 2009

Filed under: Plants,Seasons,Summer,Trees — saltthesandbox @ 2:08 pm
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About three weeks ago I broke through the leathery husk of a Yellow Buckeye fruit and discovered that the nuts inside were just beginning to ripen. (Go here to see the photos.) This morning I revisited the Buckeye trees in Rehm Park and found a couple of large husks on the grass. I took one home, broke it open, and this is what I found:

The Buckeye nuts were larger and frimer than three weeks ago, but they had not yet developed the rich brown color that makes the ripened nuts so beautiful.t

The Buckeye nuts were larger and firmer than three weeks ago, but they had not yet developed the rich brown color that makes the ripened nuts so beautiful. (Each nut is about an inch across.)

So, I set the unripe nuts aside to see if they would turn brown even after I had broken their protective covering. I’ll visit the tree again next week.

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Go here to see what these nuts looked like a week later!

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Our earlier Buckeye post includes photos of Yellow Buckeye flowers and leaves, as well as a ripe nut from last year. Here are links to web pages with more information about this species of Buckeye:

 

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