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Tree of the Month November 2021
Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)
Mort Schmidt for Simply Living
The Ohio State University’s famous football coach, Woody Hayes, described the Buckeye as “a worthless nut”. And so it is. Nor does the wood have much value. But in November, as we’re winding up the football season, what better tree to honor than the State Tree of Ohio, Ohio Buckeye? Aesculus glabra, aka Stinking Buckeye or Fetid Buckeye, is native to Ohio, and not surprisingly, our most common Buckeye. Its natural range forms a band stretching from Ohio, west to Missouri, and from there, southward to northeastern Texas. Ohio Buckeye is especially common in moist soil along stream banks.
Ohio Buckeye is one of the few Ohio trees with opposite, compound leaves. The opposite trees are those with leaves and branches arranged directly across from one another, as shown in the figure below. The most common trees with the opposite arrangement make up the MADBuck group: Maple, Ash, Dogwood, and BUCKeye. Buckeyes also have compound leaves, meaning that multiple leaflets share a stem, in the case of Ohio Buckeyes, usually five leaflets. Pinnately compound leaves are attached to the stem at multiple points, whereas palmately compound leaves, including Buckeyes, are attached to the stem at a single point. Besides Buckeyes, the only Ohio trees with opposite, palmately compound leaves are American Bladdernuts, with leaflets in groups of three. So – a tree with opposite, palmately compound leaves with five leaflets is a Buckeye. The two Ohio natives, Ohio Buckeye and Yellow Buckeye, Aesculus flava, have similar leaves, but Ohio Buckeye leaves emit a foul odor when crushed. (Make of it what you will, but I can’t smell the difference).
The leaflets of both species are ovate and widest near the middle, so they’re hard to distinguish using leaves. Because Buckeyes are among the first trees to lose their leaves in autumn, you might have to wait until spring to see them.
The Ohio Buckeye typically reaches a height of less than 50 feet, and a diameter of less than 2 feet. The bark is distinctive. It is typically light gray and scaly, but lacking grooves, plates, or other distinctive patterns. To me, the bark resembles cigarette ash. In winter, Buckeyes have large orange buds with clearly visible scales. In the spring they have showy panicles of creamy white
flowers, also with a (supposedly) disagreeable odor. According to Lucy Braun’s classic The Woody Plants of Ohio, Yellow Buckeye, aka Sweet Buckeye, is largely limited to Southern Ohio, but it hybridizes with Ohio Buckeye. Perhaps the lack of odor indicates that I’m smelling hybrids. David Allen Sibley’s The Sibley Guide to Trees, a favorite books for tree identification, says that, “Because of hybridization, identification of Buckeyes can often be challenging”.
Like most trees with compound leaves, Buckeyes have a large leaf scar. The Ohio Buckeye has a somewhat C-shaped scar, whereas the Yellow Buckeye has an elongated scar. Remember that The Ohio State Buckeyes play in Columbus, with a capital C.
Of course the most distinctive trait of Buckeyes are the large brown fruits with a light brown circular spot. One or several Buckeye nuts are surrounded by a green leathery husk. The Ohio Buckeye husk is bumpy, while the Yellow Buckeye husk is smooth. Of course, The Ohio State University mascot, Brutus Buckeye, is an Ohio Buckeye, so remember Bumpy Brutus Buckeye is
the Ohio variety. The native Buckeyes can also be distinguished by height. Ohio Buckeyes are generally less than 50 feet high, while yellow buckeyes reach heights of 100 feet. There are approximately 20 species of Buckeyes – including some from elsewhere in North America and Eurasia. Many of the others are referred to as Horse Chestnuts, but they are also Buckeyes and belong to the same genus, Aesculus. Horse Chestnuts can generally be distinguished
from our native Buckeyes by having one or more of the following features:
● More than five leaflets,
● Differently shaped leaflets, some of them widest near the tips,
● Differently colored flowers, often pink or red,
● Different blooming seasons,
● Shrubby growth habit,
● Presence in landscaping but not forests.
Ohio Buckeye is one of the softer woods in Ohio with a Janka hardness of 770 lbf and a Specific Gravity of 0.52 (the SG of water is 1.0). Of the roughly 70 Ohio trees for which I collected hardness data, Walnut’s in the middle, with a hardness of 1,010 lbf and a SG of 0.55. Even so, Ohio Buckeye is more than twice as hard as Yellow Buckeye. Ohio Buckeye wood is light in color, and like most light woods, has poor rot resistance. It is hard enough for boxes and pallets, and it’s occasionally used for furniture. Its light color and low
softness make it suitable for paper pulp. Buckeye is somewhat difficult to split, which together with its low density (and therefore low fuel value) make it a poor choice for firewood. Historically Buckeye was sometimes hollowed out to make cradles and troughs that resisted splitting. Buckeye and Horse Chestnut were also used for artificial limbs. While not as strong as many woods, they were strong enough, and the trend of increased weight with greater strength made harder woods less desirable.
Buckeyes are high in tannic acid and Native Americans sometimes boiled them to extract tanning solutions. Buckeyes also contain aesculin, which is bitter and poisonous. The nuts were therefore sometimes pulverized and made into a book-binding paste that repelled insects. They were also sometimes crushed and thrown into lakes and streams to stun fish, making them easy to collect for
Buckeyes are poisonous to humans, but they can be made edible with prolonged soaking or boiling in water, as the Indians sometimes did. I don’t recommend trying it. Shoots and twigs have been known to poison livestock.
Some believe Buckeyes have medicinal value. The pioneers often carried Buckeye nuts to relieve joint ailments, but it’s doubtful that they had any medicinal value while still in their coverings. According to Rebecca Rupp’s Red Oaks and Black Birches, the Science and Lore of Trees, Native Americans pulverized Buckeye nuts and mixed them with grease to relieve hemorrhoids. Rupp also indicates that Buckeyes were once regarded as a cure for syphilis. Fred Hageneder’s The Meaning of Trees includes the reduction of pain and swelling in the list of Buckeye’s medicinal properties.
According to Rupp, Buckeyes are eaten by some wildlife, including squirrels, but according to Donald Culross Peattie’s A Natural History of Trees of Eastern and Central North America, “Squirrels are not known to eat them”. Whatever the case, Buckeyes are not squirrels’ preferred food, and despite their differences, both books make informative and enjoyable reading. (The Sibley
Guide agrees with Rupp on this count).
The association between Buckeyes and the State of Ohio goes back many decades. Red Oaks and Black Birches describes how William Henry Harrison handed out Buckeye walking sticks during his 1840 presidential campaign. Interestingly, Rupp also reports that the largest Ohio Buckeye is in Kentucky, while the largest Kentucky Coffee Tree is in Ohio (or at least they were in 1991).
Despite its limited worth, I celebrate our state tree by proudly shouting, “Go, Buckeyes!”
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Why this blatant “sales pitch” for Bill Cohen’s annual “songs of gratitude” concert is not outrageous
by Bill Cohen
For 8 years now, some musical friends and I have put on a Black Friday concert of songs that express gratitude for many of our blessings: friends, family, freedom, nature, art, music, laughter, our bodies, and our emotions.
We’ve used the free event to declare: instead of joining the day-after-Thanksgiving buying frenzy, let’s be grateful — not for glitzy, high-tech things — but for the simple, intangible aspects of our lives that give us true joy.
Heck, it’s almost as if the folks at Simply Living dreamed up this event. After all, when Simply Living was created, one of the driving founding ideas and ideals was — if we stopped buying so much shiny plastic junk to keep up with the Joneses, we could all be less stressed and more happy, plus the environment would be cleaner. Read the full blog here.
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- 2021 Schedule for Trick or Treat in Columbus
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Friday, October 29, 2021, 2:00 PM. Fossil Free Future: Columbus Ohio. Join us for a disruption of business as usual at The Ohio State University. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details about how you can get involved with the action! Location: 282 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, Ohio. More information. Register here.
Friday, October 29, 2021, 1:00 PM. Responding to the National Call from Palestine. Join us as Palestinian activists from the ground partner with legal scholars to discuss how the unregulated 501(c)(3) system finances, and thus animates, a political matrix of tyranny ranging from hate groups and fascist movements on Turtle Island to Israel’s system of apartheid. This webinar features Palestinian community organizers from the #DefundRacism coalition from Hebron and Atwuani, representing the Christian Peacemaker Teams and Youth of Sumud. They will be joined by Students for Justice in Palestine activists Nerdeen Kiswani, Suzanne Adely President of the National Lawyers Guild, and Missy Risser-Lovings, a Law Professor at CUNY Law. Register here.
Friday, October 29, 2021, COMPAS Colloquium: Are Markets Liberating? Some argue that markets promote freedom by expanding choice and decentralizing decision-making. Some argue that markets threaten freedom by increasing personal vulnerability and social inequality. What role should appeals to freedom play in making the case for or against markets? What’s the relationship between a free society, a market society, and an open society? This webinar is being held as part of CEHV’s 2021-22 COMPAS Program on Markets and the Open Society. OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values. More information and link to the registration here.
Friday, October 29, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 PM. Honk and Wave for Our Revolution. Join us at the pedestrian bridge overlooking route 315 (near Whetstone Park) as we wave to the folks on their way home for the weekend. bring signs and a smile and a wave! Location: 4261 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43214. Register with Our Revolution here.
Friday, October 29, 2021, 5:00 – 5:30 PM. GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding. Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lines. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at WGRN.com. You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-42674753. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grassroot-ohio/id1522559085 and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAX2t1Z7_qae803BzDF4PtQ.
Saturday, October 30, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Occupy for Our Revolution. Join Our Revolution each Saturday at the intersection of North Broadway and High Street to demonstrate for peace and justice. Bring a mask and a sign or two in solidarity. Register with Our Revolution here.
Sunday, October 31, 2021, 2:00 PM. GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding. Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio. Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lnes. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at WGRN.com. You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-42674753. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grassroot-ohio/id1522559085 and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAX2t1Z7_qae803BzDF4PtQ.
Sunday, October 31, 2021, 3:00 PM. US Hands Off! Let the People Decide. This 90-minute webinar will be held a week before Nicaragua’s crucial national elections on November 7. Francisco Dominguez will address the FSLN’s decades-long struggle to bring democracy to Nicaragua and to assert national sovereignty. Netfa Freeman, who was recently in Nicaragua, will describe his observations of the atmosphere and conditions there. Sofia Clark will summarize the US attacks against Nicaragua and attempts to delegitimize the elections. Nan McCurdy will also do a brief “Nicaraguan Elections 101” overview, addressing such questions as: What steps are being taken to assure a free and fair election? Register here.
Sunday, October 31, 2021, 12:15 PM. After the U.S. war in Afghanistan: Priorities for the peace movement. The large-scale military campaign the United States has pursued in Afghanistan since late 2001 came to an abrupt and (for Washington) ignominious end in August. The Taliban seized control of nearly the whole country and set about building a replacement government. There are many reasons for concern about the nature of Taliban and their rule, including their treatment of ethno/religious minorities and of women. But they are now the effective ruling force in Afghanistan– and many Afghans have expressed relief at the end of hostilities and of the brutal, often clumsy U.S. military presence. Now, the country’s 39 million people face a dire humanitarian and governance crisis. In this hybrid (Zoom + in-person) event, we’ll explore the responsibilities and priorities of the U.S. peace movement on this issue. PLEASE NOTE: This event will actually start at 12:15 pm, but Zoom only allows us to list it on the half-hour. Please join us at 12:15 pm! This event is presented by the Peace & Social Concerns Committee of the Friends Meeting of Washington, with the co-sponsorship of Just World Educational. Some online resources relevant to the matters we’ll discuss are presented at: bit.ly/Afghan-resources. Register here.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 PM. Climate Change and Ecosystem Management. Join OSU College of Arts and Sciences faculty for a conversation about managing ecosystems in the face of climate change, focusing on the ‘genes-to-ecosystems-to-genes’ response. As humanity strives to manage a rapidly changing planet, one essential knowledge gap is the rules by which ecosystems holistically respond to change. More information and registration here.
Thursday, November 4, 2021, 3:30 – 5:00 PM. “Not One Inch: America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate” – A Book Discussion with Mary E. Sarotte. Not one inch. With these words, Secretary of State James Baker proposed a hypothetical bargain to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev after the fall of the Berlin Wall: if you let your part of Germany go, we will move NATO not one inch eastward. Controversy erupted almost immediately over this 1990 exchange—but more important was the decade to come, when the words took on new meaning. Gorbachev let his Germany go, but Washington rethought the bargain, not least after the Soviet Union’s own collapse in December 1991. Washington realized it could not just win big but win bigger. Not one inch of territory needed to be off limits to NATO. On the thirtieth anniversary of the Soviet collapse, this book uses new evidence and interviews to show how, in the decade that culminated in Vladimir Putin’s rise to power, the United States and Russia undermined a potentially lasting partnership. Prize-winning historian M. E. Sarotte shows what went wrong. The Mershon Center’s American Foreign and Military Policy research cluster will host Mary E. Sarotte for a discussion on her most recent book, the expansion of NATO, and the development of U.S.-Russia relations. Panelists will include Ohio State University’s Richard Herrmann, Peter Mansoor, and Joseph Stieb. More information and registration here.
Thursday, November 4, 2021, 7:00 PM. Join New Hampshire Peace Action for a showing of The War Game, by Peter Watkins. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this 45 minute film envisions an escalating war between NATO and the USSR resulting a nuclear attack on Great Britain. Originally written for the BBC, the film was deemed too provocative by the British Broadcasting Company. World renowned film critic Roger Ebert gave the highest praise, and a perfect score, to The War Game: “They should string up bedsheets between the trees and show “The War Game” in every public park. It should be shown on television, perhaps right after one of those half-witted war series in which none of the stars ever gets killed…. it should be shown to the leaders of the world’s nuclear powers, the men who have their fingers on the doomsday button.” Register here.
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