Hello everyone and welcome to my tree page! All the trees pictured here are from Big Run park in Columbus, Ohio.









Quercus alba (white oak)

Tree found in dry hardwood forest conditions.

The first tree (shown above) is a white oak tree, known scientifically as Quercus alba and is in the family Fagaceae. This tree has a simple leaves with lobed margins that are in an opposite pattern. The bark of the tree is a light grey color and appears flaky. A fun fact about the white oak actually comes from Ohio State fairgrounds in which governor DeWine has planted a white oak recently in order to add a source of shade for fair goers.

Info sourced from: https://www.arborday.org/trees/treeGuide/TreeDetail.cfm?ItemID=883


Aesculus glabra (Ohio buckeye)

Tree found in dry hardwood forest conditions.

The tree shown here on the left is an Ohio buckeye tree. The Ohio buckeye is known scientifically as Aesculus glabra and is part of the Hippocastanaceae family. The buckeye tree is characterized by leaves containing 5 leaflets which are palmately compound. These leaves are arranged in an opposite pattern. In the picture a few of leaves appear to already be changing for the fall months. Buckeye is often known for its dark brown nuts, but what what some may not know is that these nuts are actually enclosed in a green prickly casing.

Info sourced from: https://mortonarb.org/plant-and-protect/trees-and-plants/ohio-buckeye/#!










Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)

Tree found in dry hardwood forest conditions.

Pictured above is shagbark hickory known scientifically as Carya ovata and part of the family Juglandaceae. This plant stands out specifically for its extremely platy bark . The leaf pattern of the hickory is alternate with compound leaves arranged pinnately. Similar to the buckeye, 5-7 leaflets with serrated margins should appear on each leaf. A fun fact about the hickory is that the nut produced by the tree is actually edible.

Info sourced from: https://mortonarb.org/plant-and-protect/trees-and-plants/shagbark-hickory/


Catalpa spp. (catalpa)

Tree found in dry hardwood forest conditions.

Shown above is a picture of the catalpa tree and its gorgeous leaves. Known scientifically as Catalpa spp. and residing in the family Bignoniaceae, the catalpa tree is know for its giant heart to spade shaped leaves. These leaves are arranged either oppositely or in a whorrled pattern. A fun fact about the catalpa tree is that it has long list of fun and exciting names based on the bean sprout like fruits they produce some of these including the cigar tree, Indian bean tree, and caterpillar tree.

Info sourced from: https://www.arborday.org/trees/treeguide/treedetail.cfm?itemID=805










Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Tree found in dry hardwood forest conditions.

Above is an example of a black walnut tree known scientifically as Juglans nigra and a part of the Juglandaceae family. The leaves of the black walnut are oppositely arranged and contain pinnately compound leaflets. The tree is also known for really dark brown and almost black bark. A fun fact about the black walnut is that it is highly valued by Indigenous peoples for its many purposes from food to medicine and even for rituals.

Info  sourced from: https://treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/juglans/juglans-nigra/




Lonicera maackii (Amur honeysuckle)

Tree found in dry hardwood forest conditions.

Shown in the pictures to the above here, is the Amur honeysuckle tree known scientifically as Lonicera maackii and a part of family Caprifoliaceae. This tree contains simple and opposite leaves of entire margins and the leaves are on the smaller side ranging from 1-3 inches. This plant is often hard to distinguish from the blackhaw, however two telltale signs come from the texture of the leaves and the shape of the point. For the honeysuckle, the leaves contain hairs so they will appear rougher than that of the blackhaw and the point of their leaves is more sloped rather than pointed in a triangular fashion as would be the case with the blackhaw. A fun fact about honeysuckles is that they are actually an invasive species and are harmful to native plants.

Info sourced from: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/lonicera-maackii/


Viburnam prunifolium (blackhaw)

Tree found in dry hardwood forest conditions.

Shown here above and on the left is the blackhaw tree. The blackhaw is known scientifically as Viburnam prunifolium and is part of the family Caprifoliaceae. As mentioned previously, this tree is quite similar to the honeysuckle. The blackhaw contains small, simple, and oppositely arranged leaves with nearly entire margins. Upon closer look, the margins of the leaves are actually serrated. A fun fact about the blackhaw tree is that it is often used for wildlife refuge due to its high density.

Info sourced from: https://hvp.osu.edu/pocketgardener/source/description/vi_olium.html





Cercis canadensis (eastern redbud)

Tree found in dry hardwood forest conditions.

These two pictures are examples the eastern redbud tree (apologies for no great leaf picture). The eastern redbud tree is part of the Fabaceae family and is known scientifically as Cercis canadensis. The redbud has leaves quite similar to the catalpa tree but the leaves of the redbud are smaller and more drastically heart shaped, sometimes even considered horse shaped as in it resembles a horses hoof. The leaves are simple and oppositely arranged with entire margins. A fun fact about these trees is that they resemble pea blossoms as they both belong to the Fabaceae family of legumes and the blossoms of the tree are edible and used to add zest and color to salads.

Info sourced from: https://www.gardendesign.com/trees/eastern-redbud.html