River Birch (Betula nigra)
This River Birch tree was located near a pond in Delaware, Oh. The leaf arrangement on this tree are alternate, simple, and serrated. The leaves resemble a glossy, green diamond shape. The bark tends to peel as well. One fact that I did not know before is that in the fall the leaves turn a bright yellow as described in https://leafyplace.com/birch-trees/ . Comparing to the article on “tree blindness” I knew what birch trees were, but never knew how many kinds there were.
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
This black walnut tree was also located in Delaware, Oh near a swamp environment. The leaves are opposite and pinnately compound. An interesting fact is that the outer layer of the shell of the fruit can be used as medicine (https://www.rxlist.com/black_walnut/supplements.htm ).
American Elm (Ulmus americana)
This American elm was found along the roadway as an ornamental tree in Delaware, Oh. The leaves are double serrated, simple, and alternate. The tree can also be distinguished by the leaves being very fuzzy. An interesting fact is that American elm is usually used for making furniture and baskets (https://www.wood-database.com/american-elm/#:~:text=Common%20Uses%3A%20Boxes%2C%20baskets%2C,shade%20tree%20for%20urban%20roadsides.) .
Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos)
This honeylocust tree was located on a walking path in a metro park in Delaware, Oh in a swamp environment. The leaves are alternate, pinnately compound, and simple. The tree can be easily distinguished by the branches coming off the sides resembling thorns. These trees can be used for numerous purposes such as being used to make furniture and fences and for medicinal purposes as well (https://naturewalk.yale.edu/trees/fabaceae/gleditsia-triacanthos/honey-locust-18#:~:text=Today%2C%20the%20honey%20locust%20has,like%20rheumatoid%20arthritis%20and%20cancer.)
Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)
This weeping willow was located on a wetland environment in Delaware, Oh. The leaves are penalty alternate, serrated at the tips, and alternate. An interesting fact is that Weeping willow can be used to treat toothaches ( http://www.bio.brandeis.edu/fieldbio/Sylvain/willow.html#:~:text=The%20drooping%20branches%20give%20the,history%20in%20its%20native%20China.)
Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)
This Hackberry was located on a walking trail in Delaware, Oh. The leaves are ovate, alternate, and simple. Hackberry trees were used for medicinal purposes and food by Native Americans (https://sciencing.com/interesting-hackberry-tree-6513384.html).
Ginko (Ginko biloba)
This tree was located on the edge of a road in Delaware, Oh. The leaves are alternately whorled and their uniquely fan-shaped leaves make them easy to identify. The Ginko tree can be used to prevent nausea (https://www.rxlist.com/consumer_ginkgo_biloba/drugs-condition.htm).
Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
This tree was located at Delaware State Park in Delaware, Ohio along the side of a river. The leaves are alternate, serrated and simple. The most distinctive feature of the sycamore tree is its “camouflaged” bark and that leaves are very similar to maple leaves and can be often confused for such. An interesting fact about the sycamore tree is that they are used to create furniture, boxes, crates, and are sturdy flooring (https://plants.sc.egov.usda.gov/DocumentLibrary/plantguide/pdf/cs_ploc.pdf).