Columbia Parks and Recreation
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs
The state tree of Ohio, this medium-sized tree gave its name to the early pioneers of the region - "buckeyes." In early spring, it sports clusters of yellow-green, bell-shaped flowers. Come summer, prickly pods split open to drop 1 to 3 large, poisonous, shiny brown seeds - the inspiration for buckeye candy. The tree's thick bark emits a nauseating odor when bruised, giving it the nickname "stinking buckeye."