Pyrus calleryana, Callery pear

  • Leaf Complexity: simple
  • Leaf Arrangement: alternate
  • Leaf Margin: crenate (even edge pointing upwards)

I discovered this tree on a walking path near a residential area where the habitat resembled a wetland forest.

I found that this tree is native to Korea and Japan and is used for landscaping/street trees because it is easily adaptable.

Source: (http://hort.uconn.edu/detail.php?pid=376)

Quercus palustris, Pin oak

  • Leaf Complexity: simple
  • Leaf Arrangement: alternate
  • Leaf Margin: lobed

This Pin oak was found in a residential area in Hilliard, Ohio in a wetland forest habitat though it can be found in much of the northeastern United States. 

I found that this tree is easily transferable and prefers acidic well-drained soils which is interesting because the area it was found in was a forested wetland. 

Source: (http://hort.uconn.edu/detail.php?pid=63)

Betula nigra, River oak

  • Leaf Complexity: simple
  • Leaf Arrangement: alternate
  • Leaf Margin: lobed
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This River oak was found in a wetland forest near a residential area in Hilliard, Ohio. Though this tree can be found in the eastern United States, from southern New England to Florida and west to Minnesota and Kansas. 

Interestingly, this particular oak prefers areas prone to flooding or that are near stream banks. 

Source: (http://hort.uconn.edu/detail.php?pid=63)

Rhus typhina, Staghorn sumac

  • Leaf Complexity: pinnately compound
  • Leaf Arrangement: alternate
  • Leaf Margin: serrate

This sumac was found in the same wetland forested area close to an apartment complex in Hilliard, Ohio. The Staghorn sumac can be found in dry uplands, old fields and hardwood forest edges. 

One thing I found interesting about the Staghorn sumac is that it is able to keep its berries all year round. 

Source: (https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=RHTY)

Populus deltoides, Eastern cottonwood

  • Leaf Complexity: simple
  • Leaf Arrangement: alternate
  • Leaf Margin: crenate

This Eastern cottonwood was found in a wetland forest park near a residential area in Hilliard, Ohio. Normally, eastern cottonwoods prefer an environment near stream banks or rich bottomlands. 

One of the interesting things about Eastern cottonwood is its bark can be used to make teas for women about to give birth, as they contain aspirin-like compounds. 

Source: (https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=PODE3)

Quercus muehlenbergii, Chinquapin oak

  • Leaf Complexity: simple
  • Leaf Arrangement: alternate
  • Leaf Margin: dentate

This species of oak was once again found in the same Hilliard wetland forest area but can typically be found in limestone and calcareous soils in deciduous/pine forests. 

I was unaware that a lot of liquid merchandise is held in barrels made from Chinquapin oak because of its resistance to leakage. I also found the leaf margins to be one of the coolest I have seen in the class so far.  

Source: (https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=QUMU)

Catalpa speciosa, Northern catalpa

  • Leaf Complexity: simple 
  • Leaf Arrangement: opposite, whorled 
  • Leaf Margin: entire 

This Northern catalpa was found in the wetland forest area in Hilliard, Ohio. This tree prefers moist lowlands because it grows best in slight shade and wet soils. 

I discovered that catalpas can be used to attract  Catalpa worms, a large caterpillar prized for fish bait because the skin is very tough and the caterpillar is juicy. 

Source: (https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=CASP8) & (https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/st130)

Quercus macrocarpa, Bur oak

  • Leaf Complexity: simple 
  • Leaf Arrangement: alternate 
  • Leaf Margin: lobed

This particular species of oak was found in the same wetland forest in Hilliard, Ohio. Bur oaks’s can be found on prairies, open woods,   and near stream edges. This oak is capable of withstanding a wide range of harsh conditions making it one of the most drought resistant oaks throughout eastern North America. 

I found that Bur oaks can vary in uses ranging from construction uses to remedies for heart problems. 

Source: (https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=QUMA2)