Ohio Trees: This May be Over-elm-ing

American Sweetgum

American Sweetgum: Liquidambar styraciflua

Leaf Arrangement: Alternate

Leaf Complexity: Simple

Leaf Margin: Serrate

Seen at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, May 16, 2018

Fun Fact: American Sweetgum seeds are eaten by Eastern Goldfinches, Purple Finches, Sparrows, Mourning Doves, Northern Bobwhites, and Wild Turkeys. Small mammals that also enjoy the Sweetgum seeds are Chipmunks, Red Squirrels, and Gray Squirrels.

Source: https://www.arborday.org/trees/treeguide/TreeDetail.cfm?ItemID=928

Ohio Buckeye

Ohio Buckeye: Aesculus octandra

Leaf Arrangement: Opposite

Leaf Complexity: Complex Palmately

Leaf Margin: Serrate

Seen at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, May 16, 2018

Fun Fact: In the past, artificial limbs have been made from Buckeye wood.

Source:https://www.doityourself.com/stry/buckeye-tree-facts-you-should-know

Flowering Dogwood

Flowering Dogwood: Cornus florida

Leaf Arrangement: Opposite

Leaf Complexity: Simple

Leaf Margin: Entire

Seen at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, May 16, 2018

Fun Fact: Dogwood was used to treat skin conditions like mange in dogs. They would boil the wood in water then wash their dogs with the water.

Source:https://www.fast-growing-trees.com/blog/dogwood-trees-history-facts-and-growing-tips/

American Basswood

American Basswood: Tilia americana

Leaf Arrangement: Alternate

Leaf Complexity: Simple

Leaf Margin: Serrate

Seen at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, May 16, 2018

Fun Fact: Basswood is a favorite for honeybees and beekeepers. The tree attracts a large number of bees which produces a distinctive tasting honey.

Source:https://www.extension.iastate.edu/forestry/iowa_trees/trees/basswood.html

Common Elderberry

Common Elderberry: Sambucus canadensis

Leaf Arrangement: Opposite

Leaf Complexity: Pinnately

Leaf Margin: Serrate

Seen at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, May 16, 2018

Fun Fact: Edible berries and flower are used for medicine, dyes for basketry, arrow shafts, flute, whistles, clapper sticks, and folk medicine.

Source:https://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/cs_sanic4.pdf

Blue Ash

Blue Ash: Fraxinus quadrangulata

Leaf Arrangement: Opposite

Leaf Complexity: Pinnately

Leaf Margin: Serrate

Seen at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, May 16, 2018

Fun Fact: The inner bark produces blue dye when crushed and soaked in water.

Source:http://www.museum.state.il.us/muslink/forest/htmls/trees/F-quadrangulata.html

Smooth Blackhaw

Smooth Blackhaw: Viburnum prunifolium

Leaf Arrangement: Opposite

Leaf Complexity: Simple

Leaf Margin: Entire

Seen at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, May 16, 2018

Fun Fact: Smooth Blackhaw has been traditionally used for medicinal use regarding the female reproductive tract. Used to treat threatened miscarriage, menstrual cramps, false labor, and the afterpains of childbirth.

Source:https://www.encyclopedia.com/plants-and-animals/plants/plants/black-haw

American Hackberry

American Hackberry: Celtis occidentalis

Leaf Arrangement: Alternate

Leaf Complexity: Simple

Leaf Margin: Serrate

Seen at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, May 16, 2018

Fun Fact: Crushed berries were used by Native Americans to thicken porridge and flavor foods.

Source: https://sciencing.com/interesting-hackberry-tree-6513384.html