Following a yellow buckeye bud burst
Spring is an exciting time for trees. After a long winter, buds erupt with beautiful colors and new growth. But have you ever checked in on a tree every day to see the progress?
While working from home, Mr. Joe photographed a single bud from one of his backyard trees as the bud opened. Over the last two weeks, his yellow buckeye has completely transformed! It’s amazing how much plant matter is stored in just one bud. How does it happen? Over the winter large clusters of compound leaves, new branch growth, and even flowers have been waiting inside this single bud!
The yellow buckeye is an interesting and beautiful tree. While it has these striking yellow blooms in the spring, its leaves turn a gorgeous orange in the fall. It’s a dense shade tree. Did you know? The name “buckeye” comes from the whitish scar on each seed. Those marks give it the appearance of a deer’s eye. You can learn more on the Arbor Day Foundation website.
Want to document buds on your property or local park? Consider joining project Budburst! Budburst brings together researchers, horticulturists, and citizen scientists on a shared journey to uncover the stories of plants affected by human impacts on the environment. Budburst tells these stories through data collection, data sharing, education, and personal connections. Learn more here!