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Aesulus californica, California Buckeye Collection
There are six different species of Amercian Buckeyes, also called horse chestnuts. Five are native to eastern USA and one is native to California. The Aesulus californica has the strongest fragrance of any of the buckeyes. The deciduous trees has a 'striking ghost' like appearance after sheading its foliage revealing its smooth silver-grey bark. The fruit is smooth, pear to fig-shaped leathery capsule with 1-3 large, brown shiny seeds, each with a pale scar (the buck's eye", resembling a buck's eye in colour and shape), The seeds are poisonous but ground squirrels find them palatable.