They sure look like it to me. We were walking through the park and I saw all these brown nuts on the ground. “Buckeyes!” I exclaimed. I was so excited. Just as quickly, my bubble was burst when a woman appeared out of nowhere and said, “Don’t eat those.” I think I may have glared at her a bit. Of course I wasn’t going to eat them. Any Ohioan knows that. “Those are horse chestnuts,” she declared.
“Horse chestnuts?” Are you mad??? These are buckeyes.
Well. Ok, maybe they seemed a tad bit larger than the buckeyes I’ve seen. But they even had the spiky skin covering them. Well, yes, the leaves were a bit larger. Ok, so I did some research.
The tree species Aesculus glabra is commonly known as Ohio buckeye.
Aesculus hippocastanum is a large deciduous tree, commonly known as Horse-chestnut. Same genus, different species. So, ok, they are cousins, but I’m pretty sure it’s the closest thing I will find to a Buckeye in this area. Just in case, I picked up two…just for luck.
But the most interesting thing?
Aesculus is used in homeopathic medicine for pain in the sacroiliac region and rectal pain