A Lesson in Dogwood and Buckeye

Posted by F&S

Yesterday, we told you all about shag bark hickory trees.  By the way, the squirrels were on to us and no critters came around for us to chase.  But, we’ll get them next time!  Anyway, we did come across some other interesting finds and thought we’d share them on our blog.

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Francesca, I could look at shag bark hickory trees all day, but I see another type of tree across the way that is one of our absolute favorites!

1 Francesca, I could look at shag bark hickory trees all day, but I see another type of tree across the way that is one of our absolute favorites!

This tree is a Cornus, or better known as a Dogwood!  Do you remember how pretty they look in the spring with their showy bracts of pink, salmon, and white flowers?

2 This tree is a Cornus, or better known as a Dogwood! Do you remember how pretty they look in the spring with their showy bracts of pink, salmon, and white flowers?

Yes, Sharkey - I certainly remember the lovely dogwood tree, but look at these vibrant berries it produces in the autumn!

3 Yes, Sharkey - I certainly remember the lovely dogwood tree, but look at these vibrant berries it produces in the autumn!

And don't you love how the leaves turn bronzy before dropping for the winter?

4 And don't you love how the leaves turn bronzy before dropping for the winter?

You know, Franny, I think I like the spring flowers better than the fall fruit.  These bright red berries remind me of Christmas.

5 You know, Franny, I think I like the spring flowers better than the fall fruit. These bright red berries remind me of Christmas.

Sharkey, I wouldn't recommend eating these berries, but the Kousa variety of dogwood, produces berries that are edible.  They are said to be sweet and delicious and some people even use them for making wine!

6 Sharkey, I wouldn't recommend eating these berries, but the Kousa variety of dogwood, produces berries that are edible. They are said to be sweet and delicious and some people even use them for making wine!

Sharkey, let's go check out these other nuts over here.

7 Sharkey, let's go check out these other nuts over here.

Franny, I remember these from last year.  They are from that bushy Aesculus glabra, better known as the buckeye tree.

8 Franny, I remember these from last year. They are from that bushy Aesculus glabra, better known as the buckeye tree.

It's called a buckeye because its fruit has a light colored spot, making it look like an eyeball.  Each of these hanging capsules have one to three seeds in them that resemble nuts.

9 It's called a buckeye because its fruit has a light colored spot, making it look like an eyeball. Each of these hanging capsules have one to three seeds in them that resemble nuts.

They are the state tree of Ohio.  In fact, during the holidays in Ohio, a popular treat is a ball of peanut butter dipped in chocolate, which resembles the buckeye fruit.

10 They are the state tree of Ohio. In fact, during the holidays in Ohio, a popular treat is a ball of peanut butter dipped in chocolate, which resembles the buckeye fruit.

Here's one that popped out of its shell.  It will eventually turn a darker shade of brown, looking a lot like a horse chestnut.

11 Here's one that popped out of its shell. It will eventually turn a darker shade of brown, looking a lot like a horse chestnut.

Comments (10)

  • F & S you sure do have a lot of trees that grow nuts. No wonder you have so many squirrels it's like a buffet around your farm! When I went out this morning it smelled like skunk. Mom was freaking out hoping it wasn't on our property.

    Well yesterday I had a busy day I worked with mom all day in the yard. She stayed home from work but worked her butt off cleaning out the vegetable garden and removing all the plants from the waterfall so it was ready for the pool closing tomorrow. I wasn't able to get even one nap so you know where I'll be heading soon - bed.

    Hey Maddox how did the arm of that doll taste? Take a tip from me when you get a time out in your crate just keep crying and barking. I make sounds like an alien then mom and dad can't take the noise any more and I get out of jail - works every time ;)

    Zoe

  • Good morning girls,
    I just love you two and your blog. Looks like you had a beautiful day to snoop around. My Mimi would like to plant a wolf eye Kousa dogwood in the Springtime. The other day I turned my ears off while I was snooping around. I didn't hear Mimi calling me, she had to come get me. She was barefoot & I was under the Oak tree. She was saying "ow, ow, ow" I guess her big feet can't tiptoe through the acorns like me. Ha, ha, ha....
    Hey Maddox, how DID that doll taste? hee, hee.
    More workers at the house today to pour cement pilings. Whatever that is..I'll be-a-barking for sure.
    Have good one.....always, Rebel

  • Good morning everyone,
    My time out is over. I knew she would cave. By the way, I was hoping the arm of that darn doll would taste like filet mignon or something like that. WRONG!!! Geez, I don't know why she got all mad about it cause it didn't taste like anything I ever ate. And something she called stuffing got all over my coat. I did have fun though. hehehehe
    Francesca and Sharkey, you girls have so many topics to discuss with us. I am glad Martha has that big farm so you have all sorts of things to tell us about.
    How was your birthday Basil? I hope you had a great day. Rebel, what or who is Mimi? Well, it is real cool out this morning so I am going out to take advantage of the weather.
    Till tomorrow,
    Maddox

  • Hello Ladies,
    I think the two of you are so educated on horticulture that you should be on Martha's show as guests and discuss things. It is more fun to be out exploring though--huh? Today another hot one here. I hear that by the weekend it is supposed to get to the 60's. Mom is taking in things to the little greenhouse all week. Dad is supposed to wash windows on the weekend to get ready for the craft show next week. My birthday was a good day--lots of naps and resting. Maddox, I am suprised at the doll incident and you. But I guess us good boys have a wild side once in a while--like me and getting into the garden. Well off to morning nap time. I do need my beauty sleep.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    It’s beginning to look as if you two live on a ‘nut’ farm. So many trees and so little time is what I see on your farm. Thanks for sharing the information about those trees. I guess I’m the perfect little dog; don’t have to take any timeouts for being bad. Wait, I had better correct that before my nose begins to grow. I don’t get many timeouts; there that’s better. One day my Mommy placed a potted plant by the window so it could get some sunlight. Now I didn’t want any other dogs to mark it so I placed the first ‘mark’ on it. Not a good thing to do in the house. When I get a timeout I just take a nap. Works for me.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., Gosh, I finally got to see a photo of Uncle Carlos with F,S&GK at Martha's farm, in the Kawasaki on her blog post today! Hooray! Hope he will be on your blog soon! I love seeing those beautiful trees that you find there at Martha's great farm and it's interesting to learn something new everyday! We have big dogwood trees all over the forested areas near where we live and they do have lovely flowers in the spring. Haven't seen any buckeye trees, but maybe if I look around more, I might see some. Sure made me unhappy to read that some people poison squirrels-that's terrible. Sure hope everyone has a great day today-take care and have fun! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Ladies take it from this native Ohioan, Buckeye candy which is the peanut butter dipped in chocolate is simply awesome! My Mom used to make that for us all the time and it's very hard to resist just one.

    It was so cute seeing the three of you with Uncle Carlos in the Kawasaki passing MommyM, Betsy, Ramon, & Rinze out for a ride. That must have been very funny. :lol:

  • Hi from OHIO! We have wonderful Buckeye trees here in Ohio.I am always trying to eat them but my Nana keeps after me to spit them out. By the wag for those of you who have never tried a Choc/Peanut Butter Buckeye, they are very tasty and always a holiday treat here in the Buckeye State. Thanks ladies for sharing your good knowledge about nut trees. My Mom always cries when we lose one in the year. Trees are very special. This is my first post! Be safe Little Lola.

  • ..never tasted a buck-eye nut..let alone ever seen one..you frenchies have some interesting trees...we just have lots of fir, spruce and sitka and misc. bushes...raining ..really raining..big storm coming off the pacific and we live in the Willapa hills and that sucks up even more rain..so time to take down the hanging baskets and oh what do I see...? Lucinda went grocery shopping today..I better see if a goodie for me is in one of those bags...later pals, cora-belle p.s., we would not be dogs if we did not do something naughty once in awhile..look at all the naughty things humans do every day and they don not even get corrected..something wrong with that picture!

  • I love dogwood and never knew it gets berries, very interesting post...you Frenchies look so pretty amongst the foliage.
    I checked to see if I missed any posted when I was not feeling well and saw the well wishes from DDR, Sonya and cora-bell Thank You ladies!...Thanks also Sonya for noticing that I was back, very sweet (one of my daughters name is Sonya, don't think I have mentioned that to you before)
    We had a beautiful autumn day, no wind warm temp for our visit to Lake Geneva Wisconsin, the leaves are turning and the corn and soybeans are getting ready to be cut, the Canadian Geese are practicing for their trip south as well...a lovely day indeed.

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