Buckeye Beauty


Photo by Tracy 

With June comes the pinkish white flowering cones of the buckeye tree. One of our favorites. What is your favorite local tree?



  • The Buckeye tree (and butterfly) is hard to beat.

    As a child, we used to roll bunches of the large buckeye nuts down the hill. We could time it just right, so we would get them to roll down to the road, and enter the open door of the unsuspecting milk truck driver just as he passed by. Caused quite a ruckus, but was harmless fun. Ah those were the days!

    I also like the smoothness and texture of the trunks on the Madrone trees. They are one of my favorites.

    • Our neighborhood used to chuck them at each other. Not hard but hard enough to sting.

      • They look like large chestnuts. I think they can also be added to the water and used to stun fish, making it easier to get them. We talked about trying that, but never did.

  • Honeysuckle,on a breezy day that beautiful fragrance in the air makes me smile and glad to be alive✌

  • Thinking allowed

    Ceanothus in mass bloom on a hillside is a favorite of mine. Beautiful color, fine fragrance and useful flowers.

    Aren’t we lucky to live here?

  • It’s a beautiful tree if it’s not in your yard. It’s a really messy tree. Have one by my driveway.

  • Beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder and I hate Buckeye. It’s a good looking tree but poisonous to honey bees. It paralyzes the worker bees and then kills them with a fatal case of constipation. Small doses fed to the queen will cause her eggs to fail to hatch, die in infancy, or become malformed and unable to fly. In larger doses she quits laying altogether.

  • Amimissingsomething

    Great little article on one of my personal favorites. We have one across the street in my Neighbors front yard and it is in full bloom right now. Thank you Kym….again!

  • This beautiful tree sadly has a more dangerous side. It’s pollen is toxic to honeybees and can kill a young hive that doesn’t have food stores built up yet. I know a couple beginning beekeepers who had a rough start with their bees.

  • I live next to a creek and there are old yew trees (Taxus brevifolia) growing there. I have since found some growing further from the creek, including two beautiful, perfectly symmetrical young trees. For years I thought they were young Douglas firs, but on closer examination observed the subtle differences between the two. The yews have darker, flatter needles and a reddish tint to the bark. That’s my favorite because of its rarity and beauty.

  • OMG! The reason I moved to attend HSU, the reason I stayed, then moved back and back again.. THE REDWOODS!!! And our other regional treasure cannabis made the view possible…

  • The redwoods in the snow this winter felt like stepping into a mystical dr. Seuss land. I love how each kind of tree, if u quietly sit with them, has its own kind of energy/feeling.
    The old growth redwood feels like a big sweet grandma hug to me, so soft to lean on.

    If your in myrtletown check out the (i think) buckeye next to CASA, its amazing right now.

  • gorgeous photo

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