This tree is the Weeping Willow, or Salix babylonica. The leaves are simple and alternate on the branch. These trees are easy to recognize because all of the branches hang downward so that they appear to be droopy. This tree is located in my backyard, near Thornville, Ohio growing in the grass. This tree is in the spot of my backyard where all of the water collects when it rains. The trees like water and can dry up flood-prone areas. When Linnaeus saw this tree alongside the Euphrates River, he thought it was the willow of mentioned in the Bible, so that’s why it is named babylonica.
This next tree is a Silver Maple, or Acer saccharinum. The leaves are opposite and simple in complexity. This tree is also found in my backyard near Thornville, Ohio growing in the grass. Instead of posting picture of the overall shape, I zoomed in on the trunk so that the bark could be seen. If you look closely, you can see the bark tends to flake, leaving dark brown spots when it falls off. In certain areas, the sap from this tree can be used as a remedy for cough and liver complaints. (Source: https://gardenerdy.com/silver-maple-tree-facts)
This next tree is a Shagbark Hickory, or Carya ovata. The leaves are opposite and pinnately compound. This tree was found in Great Circle Earthworks in Heath, Ohio, which is a grassy area with a few other trees around. If you look closely at the second photo, you can see the discard thick-walled husks that surround the nut on this tree. The first picture is actually another Shagbark that is right behind my house in Thornville. That tree is hidden in a small patch of woods, but it is the tallest one sticking out the top. I included this picture to show how large these trees can grow. This tree is generally oval-shaped with a rounded top. If you are a bacon lover like me, you might find it interesting that the wood from this tree is used to smoke bacon to make it so flavorful. (Source: https://www.nwf.org/Educational-Resources/Wildlife-Guide/Plants-and-Fungi/Shagbark-Hickory)
This tree here is the American White Birch tree, or Betula papyrifera. The doubly serrated leaves appear to be simple and alternate. This tree is easy to recognize because its color makes it stand out. This beauty was found in my neighbors yard near Thornville, Ohio, growing in a small patch of woods beside of their house. According to Trees of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada, deer, moose and rabbits browse the twigs in the winter, and beavers will use the inner bark for food when aspen trees are not available.
The next tree that I wanted to introduce you to is an Osage-Orange, or Maclura pomifera. Based on my knowledge of trees and my love for spending time in the woods, I believe this tree has alternate, simple leaves that start out oval shaped and come to a point at the end. This tree was found in the forrest behind my house, again near Thornville, Ohio. While this picture does not capture the leaves on the tree, it does show the fruit and the structural layout of the plant. A fun fact about this tree is that the hedgeapple fruits can be used as a spider repellent, or so my family tells me. If this is false then we keep the fruits in my garage for no reason.
Another one of the trees that I have photographed in my front yard, yes still in Thornville, is the Red Oak, or Quercus rubra. The leaves are simple and have an alternate arrangement. The leaves have very deep, defined lobes that come to sharp points at the end. These trees have acorns that are about an inch long, which look short and chubby when compared to chestnuts to white oak acorns. The acorns on red oaks take two growing seasons to fully mature. If you’re looking to redo a landscape, it would be a good idea to plant some red oak trees because they grow fast and can adapt to a new place very quickly as well. (Source: https://owlcation.com/stem/Interesting-Facts-about-the-Oak-Tree )
The next tree I located was a Beech, or Fagus grandifolia. While I forgot to take a picture of the entire tree, I did get one of the fruits and leaves on the tree. As shown in the picture, the leaves are alternate and simple. I would say the easiest way to identify this tree is by the triangular shaped nut that is housed in a spiny covering. This tree was also found at the Great Circle Earthworks in Heath, Ohio. Due to the relatively smooth bark on a beech tree, they are often the victim of vandalism. Whatever gets carved into the beech tree will stay there as long as the tree is standing because it does not have the ability to heal itself (Source: interesting-facts-beech-trees )
Last but not least, this tree is a Sycamore, or Platanus occidentalis. The leaves on this tree are alternate and simple, with toothed edges. This tree is super easy to recognize because the farther up the tree you look, the lighter-almost white- it appears after the dark bark has flaked away. This tree was found in the middle of the parking lot at the Cane’s Chicken Fingers in Heath, Ohio. What can I say, I needed some food after a long morning of hunting for trees. Native Americans used the wood to for dugout canoes, because it is sturdy and durable, yet easy to work. (Source: https://homeguides.sfgate.com/sycamore-trees-40884.html )
Surprise! The very last tree I wanted to add in was the Black Walnut, or Juglans nigra. These leaves are pinnately compound and arranged alternately. The fruits have a brownish head and will fall from the tree once matured and are edible. This tree was found right down the road from my house (you guessed it: Thornville, Ohio) in the middle of a weedy field surrounded by an edge line of other trees. According to Peterson Field Guide: Trees and Shrubs, the nut husks were once used to kill fish for food but this is now illegal.
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