I got this seedling last year because I liked the albino patterns. Apparently this isn’t uncommon to see in wild Buckeye seedlings, though obviously they die in the wild because they can’t photosynthesize well. I asked around if anyone in the area had seen one like this before and nobody had, so I figured I’d share some pics as it develops - has anynoe seen such a thing in a deciduous tree before?
Jay Macdonald is our local Buckeye expert and figured when it leafed out this year it would lose a lot of the albino leaves, but it seems to have opted to turn yellow in places instead. The yellow seems to tolerate sun better than the albino leaves did - they died and fell off quickly. Strange tree! Its growth also seems stunted compared to a normal Buckeye so I am hoping it stays small with these small internodes / foliage.
Last year’s leaves: