Buckeye Tree Not only because it is the state tree of Ohio but being Buckeyes ourselves, we should all be able to recognize this tree. The buckeye tree has leaves in an opposite leaf arrangement with palmately complexity. The buckeye fruit, also know as the buckeye “nut” is slightly spiny, golden-brown husk. Something cool about the buckeye tree is that the wood is used to produce artificial limbs. This image was take the backyard of my parents house.
The name Rhododendron comes from the greek words “rodon” which means “rose” and “dendron” which means “tree.” These plants are usually evergreen and have ten or more stamens. The Rhododendron has whorled leaves that are simple. This picture was taken in Powell, specifically my parents house.
The common lilac produce opposite arranged leaves that are simple. The flowers typically bloom in May and are one of my favorite smells. The tree grows best in full sun, and prefer slightly acidic soil. Lilacs are native to southern Europe but were introduced to American colonies in the 18th century. One tree was planted in my backyard, which again was where this picture was taken.
Flowering dogwood is arranged in an opposite leaf arrangement with simple leaf complexity. They can be found all around Ohio, maybe even in your own back yard! (this picture was also taken in my parents backyard) The tree’s leaves are unlobed and kind of oval shaped and in Autum change to a red-yellow, red-purple, crimson, or brick red color. In the past, dogwood’s hard, close-grained wood was used to make shuttles for weaving in the textile industry.
The sugar maple tree is another tree found throughout all of Ohio. It can be identified by its easily identified lobed leaves matching the leaf on the Canadian flag. They are arranged opposite of each other and are simple. Sugar maple is not only the source of maple syrup but valued for its hard, dense, fine-grained and difficult-to-split wood, which is utilized for floors, furniture, veneer, musical instruments, and railroad ties. Surprisingly enough, both pictures were ALSO taken at my parents house.
Kieffer Pear Tree
This pear tree is a hybrid between a European and Chinese sand pear with large yellow fruit. Fruit are produced anywhere between late September through October. The leaves are arranged opposite of each other and are simple. I bet you can guess where this tree in the image is growing.
This pine tree, in my backyard, is usually a small evergreen shrub. The needles are whorled and simple. It has two needles per bundle that mature to a dark green color. Only once they have matured do they produce flowers that are monoecious. Due to its shallow roots and spreading growth habit, this tree is used often as an embankment cover.
Now that you have read this far, I am sure by now you understand the theme of these trees. They are all somewhere in the backyard of my parents home. This tree is a River Birch tree, which is the southernmost birch tree of the U.S. It is commonly planted throughout Ohio for it’s ornamental shade tree, prized for its flaky, orange, ornamental bark and rippling foliage in the breeze. The leaves are arranged opposite of each other and are pinnately compounded.