Buckeye Trees

The Ohio Buckeye is found in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa, Missouri and Arkansas. It is the state tree of Ohio and is the team mascot of the Ohio State University. The buckeye tree likes to live and grow near water, like rivers and lakes.

The leaves are grouped in clumps of five and look like this,

The tree is not a very large tree it is a medium tall tree and produces round seeds that are surrounded with a brown cover. Some covers have spiny skin, but others are smooth. This is what the buckeye seed and its cover look like,

How do you think that the Buckeye Tree disperses its seeds?

By Wind

By Water

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By Wind

Sorry this tree does not use the wind to spread its seeds. The seed is too heavy to fly in the wind. Here is a hint, think about the states that the buckeye trees live in. What kind of geography is present in these places? Try Again



























By Animal

Sorry animals are not the primary resource that the tree uses to spread its seeds. Here is a hint to help you decide what the answer is: Think about the states that the tree grows in. Where do the trees live in these states? Where do they like to live?

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By Water

Yes! The buckeye tree disperses its seeds by water. The buckeye seed is hollow and it floats when in water. Because of this the seed can be transported to its growing place by the water. Many buckeye trees live near a body of water so that their seeds can fall off the trees and roll down into the water. In some cases an animal may help the seed get to the water, but the water is the primary form of seed dispersal for the Buckeye tree.

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