Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)
The Honey Locust’s leaves are simple and pinnately compound. They are oppositely arranged and radially symmetric. This tree was found outside of my apartment building on High Street near Ohio State’s campus, once again a temperate environment. These trees are known for helping with soil erosion. They tolerate air pollution and, thus, are often planted along city streets (https://www.bellarmine.edu/faculty/drobinson/ThornlessHoneyLocust.asp). It makes sense why I saw this on such a busy, populated street! This tree, surprisingly stuck out to me, despite it’s typical green coloration and fairly typical leaves. I wondered what made it a good choice for the streets of Columbus, but now I know.
American Crabapple (Malus coronaria)
The American Crabapple’s leaves are alternate and typically elliptical shape with slightly serrated edges. Their telling trait is their fruit that blooms in mid-spring with pink or red buds and white, pink, or red flowers. This tree was found in my hometown of Bowling Green, Ohio in my neighbor’s yard. The environment there is marshy because of the Great Black Swamp that used to exist, yet plain and temperate because the swamp was drained. It gets very humid there, but winters are very cold. These trees are used to the cold because they originated in Russia (https://homeguides.sfgate.com/crabapple-tree-43543.html). They are often used for decoration as they were known as the “jewel of the landscape,” making good sense why it is next to my neighbor’s mailbox. It’s hard to be blind to this tree, as Gabriel Popkin would say in his article “Cure Yourself of Tree Blindness,” because of how gorgeous it is, but you may be blinded by it considering it’s bright pink color. What a fun tree for summer!
Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)
The Flowering Dogwood’s leaves are opposite and simple. These trees have lots of white petals with plentiful, little, yellow flowers in the middle. This tree was seen in my hometown of Bowling Green, Ohio. I was on a walk with my sweet, Scottish terriers when I saw this beautiful tree. This, again, is a temperate climate, but it was a marsh/ swamp at one point. it gets pretty humid in the summers (with ample mosquitoes) and cold in the winter. These trees tend to enjoy shadier areas with nutrient-rich soil. The wood of Dogwood trees is often used in the manufacturing of roller skates and golf clubs (http://www.softschools.com/facts/plants/dogwood_facts/1213/), so thank them for your summer relaxation/ exercise! These trees are also difficult to be “blind to” because of the pretty flowers, however, before the flowers bloom one may think that it is simply a “normal” tree and casually pass by it, without taking a look at the leaves and coming to the conclusion that it is truly a Dogwood.
Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)
Pin Oak leaves are alternate and simple. They are lobed and parted. A common name for this tree is the Swamp Oak. This clever name makes perfect sense since I found this tree in my hometown, Bowling Green, Ohio, which used to be a swamp. I was in the woods and happened to this that a tall tree would be cool to capture. This area is rather humid and wet in the summer and cold in the winter. An interesting fact about these trees is that they require acidic soil and if placed in basic soil will suffer from leaf chlorosis (http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/pinoak). This tree could be easily missed by someone not aware of the trees around them. Despite it’s great height, it lacks any colorful flowers or leaves. It is a typical green color with no out-of-the-ordinary features for an Oak. If I weren’t out searching for a tree and not in a class about Ohio plants, I would probably be blind to it.
Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
The leaves of Sycamore trees are simple and alternate. This tree was found in the woods behind my home as well. It used to be a swamp and gets moist and hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Sycamore seeds are known as “helicopters” because of their winds that rotate similarly to that of a real helicopter (http://www.softschools.com/facts/plants/sycamore_tree_facts/1209/). It’s also been known to aid in musical instrument manufacturing! These trees may just be ordinary to the common person passing by, but many people know that this tree has a holy meaning that emits divinity and eternity.
Bradford ‘Callery Pear’ (Pyrus calleryana)
The leaves are alternate and simple. They are serrated and heart-shaped, one of the telling traits they have. I found this tree in one of my neighbor’s front lawns, mainly for ornamental purposes and aesthetic pleasure. This was located in Bowling Green, Ohio which is very temperate with warm summers and cold winters. One thing to be concerned with as a homeowner putting this tree in your yard is that they are known to have very weak branches that are prone to breaking off the main trunk (https://household-tips.thefuntimesguide.com/bradford_pear_tree/). These trees are super pretty and cool to see, even for the average passer. Once again, a pretty hard thing to be blind to.
Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)
The Buckeye tree’s leaves are opposite and palmately compound. It commonly has five leaflets. This tree was found in Ohio State’s own Buckeye Grove by Morrill Tower and the Ohio Stadium. The environment is temperate and the landscaping is always manually kept up with providing the trees with nutrients. Everyone knows that we call ourselves the Buckeyes, but this nickname first came about in the 1840’s when William Henry Harrison was elected president (http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Ohio%27s_State_Tree_-_Buckeye). These trees are hard to miss if you’re an Ohioan because they are so commonly known and the mascot of the third largest university in the country!
Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)
The leaves of a Silver Maple are simple and typically found with five lobes. They are oppositely arranged. This tree was found outside my apartment on 9th avenue. The environment is temperate. These trees are often utilized along city streets and planted in gardens, not only for their beauty, but for shade (http://hort.ufl.edu/trees/ACESACA.pdf). As Gabriel Popkin said in his article, “Cure Yourself of Tree Blindness,” ” I only knew two trees a few years ago, Oak and Maple.” Although Maple is a commonly found tree, especially in the Midwest United States, it is still good to be able to identify it properly (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/26/opinion/sunday/cure-yourself-of-tree-blindness.html).