Ruby Red Buckeye

This is an educated guess that we’re looking at a Red Buckeye tree (Aesculus pavia – location: Reynolds Community College West campus), not a Red Horsechestnut (Aesculus carnea – a hybrid of the Red Buckeye crossed with the species horsechestnut – Aesculus hippocastanum). The Red Horsechesnut tree is much larger with larger bloom clusters.

Red Buckeye blooms attract ruby-throated hummingbirds, but not necessarily “chestnut brown canaries or ruby-throated sparrows” (Steven Stills, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes).

Red Buckeye April Flowers
This is why Ohio State football helmets sport horticultural stickers.

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