Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
This tree has an opposite leaf arrangement and a simple leaf complexity. The branches are brownish-red and the stem of the leaves also range from brown to red. I saw the tree at the Olentangy River Wetlands Research Park. Red maples can be found anywhere from the swamps to places with poor, dry soil. American pioneers used to use this tree’s bark to make red and brown dye.
White mulberry (Morus alba)
The arrangement of this tree is Alternate and their complexity of the leaves are simple. The fruit that is produced on this tree is a mixture of different whites and pinks is bland in taste compared to the red mulberry. White mulberry trees can be found in many different environments. It does not require an abundance of water now rich soil to grow. White mulberries as well as the other variants of mulberry trees are often made into wine or fruit juice. They can also be dried and made into tasty snacks.
Oregon Crabapple (Malus fusca)
The arrangement for the Oregon crabapple is Alternate and the complexity is simple. The branches on the tree have sharp spur shoots that are very common among apple trees. The fruit that it produces are small around apple shaped pomes that are red, yellow, or yellow green. I also saw this tree at the Olentangy River Wetland Research park. This tree likes to grow in wetlands and in wooded areas. Native Americans used to eat the fruit that grow on these crabapple trees either raw or after they had been stored. They also used the bark to deal with digestive disorders.
Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)
The leaf arrangement and complexity of this tree is opposite and simple. The bark on this tree is gray or tan and it shows vertical stripes on its branches. The flowers are produced in pairs and the pairs are often produced together in clusters. This tree is very easy to grow and is adaptive to many different types of soil. Full sun is preferred for its growth but it will tolerate the shade. Honeysuckle was used in treatment of kidney stones, gout and liver disorders in the past as well as Influenza, rashes, and other skin infections.
Boxelder Maple ( Acer negundo)
The box elder maple tree is pinnately compounded and it has an opposite complexity. The shoots are green , often whitish or pink waxy coating when it is young. The branches are smooth and have a green color rather than forming a bark of dead, protective tissue. This tree was observed in the Olentangy River Wetland Park. the tree can thrive in any temperature for the most part as long as there are not extremes. An interesting fact is that it is said that those who gather leaves under the boxelder tree will have great fortune in their near future.
White Ash ( Fraxinus americana)
The white ash’s leaves are opposite and pinnately compounded. They produce green and purple flowers that are not ornamental and typically bloom in April.The leaves also grow in ovals or pyramids early in their lives and round off when they get older. The tree grows best on rich, moist, and well drained soils but is tolerant with growing in poorer soils. The Olentangy River Park is where I had the chance to properly observer this tree. Because the wood from this tree is highly resistant to shock, they are used to make baseball bats.
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
The arrangements and complexity of the leaves of the black cherry tree is opposite and simple. The tree is named after the ripened black berries that it produces as its fruit which grow on the trunk of the tree. Found in the Olentangy River Wetland research Park, I noticed that they one that I came upon was not in bloom. The tree prefers to be in open fields and previously harvested forrest. Like many other trees, the black cherry tree grows best in moist soils and sunny areas but will tolerate other conditions if it must. An interesting fact about the black cherry tree is that its wood is often used to make furniture and cabinets.
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
The Norway Maple has an opposite arrangement and a simple complexity. Its bark is grey-brown and shallowly grooved. These trees are considered highly invasive and wildlife research strongly suggest that they not be recommenced for any planting sites. While at the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park , These trees were scattered everywhere. This tree is native to Europe, but is widely spread throughout the world. The tree is tolerate to urban conditions, but through self-seeding it becomes often times becomes weedy. An interesting fact about this tree is that it is a symbol of spirit in the hearts of Canadian people. This leaf influenced the image that appears on their national flag.