Below are the pictures and description of 8 tress found in the Columbus Local Area. Apologize that they are sideways, it is due to the pictures being taken on a Samsung phone and uploaded onto a Mac (gosh darn capitalism).

Basket Oak

Above are pictures of a Basket Oak Tree, Quercus michauxii. This tree has simple, lobed, toothed leaves arranged in a alternating pattern. The tree was found in a gray location with other tress near it. It is interesting to note that only one in 10,000 acorns will ever become an oak tree.

Maidenhair Tree

Above is a Maidenhair Tree, also known as a Ginkgo, Ginkgo biloba. The tree has simple, lobed, alternate leaves and was found in a rather dry area with little other foliage near it with exception to one maple tree and two other Ginkgoes. Ginkgoes are unique in that they are some of the oldest living families of trees and are often referred to as “living fossils”.



Above is a Sycamore Tree, Platanus occidentalis. This tree has alternate, simple hairless leaves with rather large lobes. It was found in a grassy area in-between a tree line and a few cultivated trees. The Sycamore trees are beautiful and are especially cool in that their trunks have been documented often as being 10 ft. in diameter.

Black Locust

Above is a Black Locust, Robinia pseudo-acacia . It has alternate compound leaves with egg-shaped leaflets. It was found in a grassy knoll with several other trees nearby. Black Locusts are quite beautiful because of their white flowers when in bloom. (Fact from field guide)

Striped Maple

Above is a Striped Maple, Acer pensylvanicum. It has opposite simple leaves that are shallowly if at all lobed. It was found in a fairly dry area near the summit and tree line of a hill. Striped Maples are interesting as their leaves are significantly more pale on the underside. (Fact obtained from field guide)


Above is the Ohio Buckeye, Aesculus glabra. It has alternate compound leaf arrangement and is compounded palmately. It was found in a moderately wooded area. Buckeyes are actually not very desirable trees as the seeds are highly poisonous to some animals.

Cranberry Viburnum

Above is a Cranberry Viburnum, Viburnum trilobum. It has 3-lobed leaves that are arranged in an opposite pattern. The tree was located in a “ravine” in a light to moderately wooded area. The tree is admirable in early summer as that is when it is bearing its white flowers. (Fact obtained from field guide)


Above is a Redbud Tree, Cercis canadensis. This tree has alternate leaves that are simple, and heart shaped. The tree was located in a fairly lightly wooded area. Redbud is most famous for its beautiful reddish flowers in the springtime. (Fact from field guide)