May 11, 2016

Tree Following: The Mystery Buckeye Unfurls

Buckeye Collage

My little potted Buckeye tree (Aesculus spp.) unfurled quickly over the course of a few days in mid-April, and now it continues to grow. Here's a rough video, using unedited still shots from the past few weeks.



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    1. Thanks, Lisa. I probably should have cropped the photos better, but I ran out of time. ;-)

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  2. Interesting! I have never seen this plant before. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Endah: It's a nifty tree. Mine is tiny, but growing fast! You're welcome. :)

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  3. Well done.
    My son loves his Buckeye, he thought this was a fun post of his favorite tree.
    Carla

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad your son enjoyed the video. He has good taste in trees. ;-)

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    1. Thanks, Lynne. I'm enjoying playing around with video, but it's quite time-consuming, even to create a very simple one.

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  5. Nice video, Beth!

    Do you know what kind of buckeye it is yet? (Or do you have to wait until it flowers to find out for sure?)

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    1. Thanks, Aaron. No, I do not know what species or cultivar it is. I'm waiting for one of my blog visitors to help me solve the mystery. I'm guessing it's A. glabra, or a cultivar, but I personally can't ID it until I see a flower. Any ideas?

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  6. Oh wheeeee!
    That's a wonderful video - I sat open-mouthed and by the end it was almost a little dance as the leaves whirled around.
    Who'd have thought something so simple could be so effective?
    I particularly liked the leaves when they were narrow.
    Best wishes :)

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    1. Thanks! I went into it taking photos multiple times a day for a few days, and then once a day, and then once every few days. I ran out of time to do a fancy, cropped/edited photo slide show, so I simply loaded the photos into Windows Movie Maker and adjusted the timing, added a brief intro and some music. It really is fun to play with video editing, but it's time-consuming, even for a simple video. I liked the bud and the narrow leaves, too. :)

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    1. Yes, no longer simply a stick with a bud on the end of it. ;-)

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  8. I have never heard of this tree, very nice to watch it opening up like that....
    Amanda xx

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    1. Thanks, Amanda. Buckeyes are fun trees with nifty flowers and fruits/nuts. They're somewhat common around here, but very common just south of us in the middle Midwestern states.

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  9. Amazing that the plant can change so much in just weeks.

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    1. Yes, a true time lapse over the course of a few days would be incredible to see, too. Everything happens very fast here this time of year!

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  10. What a fun video. I love buckeyes....

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    1. Thanks, Tina. I do, too, but I've never had one before in my garden. :)

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    1. Yes, it's amazing, and it happens so fast. :)

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  12. Nice! But when will the mystery be solved?

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    1. Thanks. Good question, Jason. Personally, I won't be able to tell until it flowers, which may be next year. I can't seem to find a big "parent" tree nearby. I'm hoping one of my blog visitors will be able to help solve the mystery. ;-)

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  13. charming time lapse Beth and what a fun project too. The cone mulch added to the overall effect - started out a bit like an acer but doing some research see that it is a horse chestnut or conker as we call them. Going to be a might tree one day

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    1. Thanks, Jane. Yes, it was fun to watch the magic happen over the course of a few days. I had grand ambitions to make a fancy, nicely cropped slideshow or video. But I ran out of time, so I just put them in order, and added music and an intro. Yes, it is an Aesculus. The mystery is, what species? :)

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  14. Beth this was wonderful...I really loved seeing it fully unfurled....now I wonder have I seen a tree like this around here.

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    1. Thanks, Donna! We have some around here, and some of the Aesculus species are native here. But they're even more common in Indiana and Ohio. I remember collecting buckeye nuts when I was a little kid living near Fort Wayne, Ind. :)

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  15. very cool video! certainly looks like a buckeye now

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    1. Thanks, Hollis. Yes, it's a Buckeye! I wonder when I (or a reader) will figure out what species it is...

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  16. There is a particular kind of magic to watching leaves unfurl, I love being able to observe it in that much detail, thank you!

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    1. Yes, agreed! You are very welcome. Actually, this gave me a chance to enlarge the images and see it in more detail, too. :)

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