Tulip-tree Lirondendron tulipifera

This is a tall straight tree with four-pointed, non-tipped leaves. This tree grows by my house along 4th Street, and it is very distinctive once I recognized it for the first time. The tallest native angiosperm tree in North America is a 192-feet-tall tulip tree! (http://www.ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=256&t=2423).




Common catalpa Catalpa bignonioides

This tree has large leaves growing in whorls of 3 and bears long slender fruits. It grows at the end of my street, and despite the fruits often falling on my truck, it is one of my favorite trees. A purple-leaved variety called Purpurea has won the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit for its awesomeness. (https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=342)

Sugar maple Acer saccharum

The tree grows 5-lobed leaves with moderately deep notches and bark that is dark brown with deep vertical grooves and ridges. I photographed this particular tree at Highbanks Metropark, but they are ubiquitous in my neighborhood. They are valuable for many reasons, including sap, lumber, and burning in the stove. (https://www.gardenguides.com/92445-sugar-maple-trees.html)

Common cottonwood Populus deltoids

The common cottonwood has yellowish, coarse-toothed leaves, ranging from 2″- 8″. I saw this tree near the Olentangy River along the bike path. The tree of this bark can be used to make a medicinal tea. (https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/cottonwood/cottonwood-tree-in-landscapes.htm)


Beech Fagus grandifolia

This tree has smooth gray and rounded course-toothed leaves. This particular beech tree is growing on Ohio State’s campus near the Olentangy River. In Europe, wood of the beech tree is used as charcoal and dye. (http://www.2020site.org/trees/beech.html)

Red Mulberry Morus rubra

This tree has fine-toothed leaves that are distinctively lobed. It grows in the alley behind my house. The fruits of the mulberry tree are called “multiple fruits” and formed from many flowers in a single inflorescence. (https://ohioplants.org/fruits-false)

Mockernut hickory Carya tomentosa

This species of hickory does not have the shaggy bark of some hickories, but bears a large green fruit and leaves of 7 pinnately-compound leaflets. I saw this tree at Highbanks Metropark. I couldn’t reach a branch to get a better photograph. The durability of the wood from this tree makes it a great candidate for many human uses. (https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/mockernut-hickory)

Sycamore Platanus occidentalis

This tree has maple-like leaves with 3 – 5 lobes and distinctive mottled bark. I photographed this little one near the Olentangy River. Some sycamores have been reported to be over 500 years old. (https://homeguides.sfgate.com/life-expectancy-sycamore-tree-74667.html)