Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana).
The Sweetbay Magnolia has an alternate leaf arrangement, a simple leaf complexity, and an entire leaf margin. This tree was found at the Mount Union University stadium in Alliance, Ohio. This is a residential area. Sweetbay Magnolias are used by a variety of wildlife species such feeding on their seeds, and birds using their leaves as nesting material.
When looking at these colorful fruits, I remembered reading Popkin’s article about how we are “letting billions of dollars’ worth of free, high quality food go to waste” and began to wonder if this fruit, in fact, was actually edible.
Weeping Cherry Tree (Prunus subhirtella).
The Weeping Cherry has an alternate leaf arrangement, a pinnate leaf complexity, and a serrated leaf margin. This tree was found in a neighborhood in Colerain Township, in Cincinnati, Ohio. This tree is known for its conspicuous and attractive look, and it’s attractiveness thrives best when planted around water; therefore, these trees are often found near water.
‘Bradford’ Callery Pear (Pryus calleryana).
These leaves are simple, serrated, and pinnately compound in arrangement. This tree is deciduous and the leaves are dark green, shiny, and have a paler green color on the underside of the leaf. These trees begin to fall apart and break down in both ice and snow when they approach around 20 years old due to their inferior and tight branch structure. The destruction of a pear tree symbolizes a tragic or untimely death.
White Oak (Quercus alba).
White oaks have lobed leaves that are simple, and alternately arranged. This deciduous oak produces acorns that have cups that take up 1/3 or less of the acorn. This was found on University of Cincinnati’s Campus, in a patch of grass next to the side of a main road. It is one of the most important timber species in the United States. When the white oak’s wood is first cut, it is a light beige to white color, which is where this name comes from.
Purple Leaf Plum (Prunus cerasifera).
This deciduous tree has serrated leaves that are simple and have an alternate arrangement. This tree was found at the Mount Union University stadium. This environment is a residential and wooded area. The leaves of this tree are a deep purple, making it unique to other Prunus species. The flowers of this tree have both male and female organs. The flowers that come from this turn into a popular fruit, plums.
Horsechestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum).
This tree has serrated leaves that are palmately compound and have an opposite arrangement. This tree was found in Alliance, Ohio, on the side of a highway at the entrance of a forest. This deciduous tree has a strong resilience to environmental factors. One downfall of this tree is that they are allelopathic. Allelopathic means that this tree gives off a toxic chemical that can be toxic to other plant and tree life.
Red Maple (Acer rubrum).
This tree has both lobed and serrated leaves that are palmately compound, and they have a simple arrangement. This leaf has a silver color on the underneath portion of it. This deciduous tree was found in Alliance, Ohio, in a grassy area outside of a restaurant. This tree is toxic to both cattle and horses. The bark of this tree is smooth and grey but becomes narrowly ridged as the tree gets older.
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum).
This tree has both serrated and lobed leaves, is palmately compound, and has a simple leaf arrangement. This tree was found in Cincinnati, Ohio, in a wooded area of land behind my home. This tree does not attract wildlife and is subject to damage by the spring frosts due to it leafing out quite early in the season. One interesting fact that I learned about this is that this is a popular snack in Minoh, Osaka, located in Japan, where it is dipped and fried in tempura butter. The leaves of this tree turn a vibrant red in both the spring and the fall.