Before this assignment and reading the article, I had pretty bad tree blindness, but now after the assignment and reading the article, I am less tree blind.

Pictured above is flowering dogwood ( Cornus florida). The dogwood tree is opposite, simple, rounded  leaves with a pointed tip.

Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

Simple, alternate leaves, 2 to 4 inches long; simple, ovate to egg-shaped with a dull, rough surface.
Leaves look similar to elm leaves.

The persistent fruits attract many birds that also find the tree to be a suitable nesting site.

Beech (Fagus sylvatica)

Alternate, simple leaves, 2 to 5 inches long with shallow teeth

Beech’s often become snags and deteriorate allowing wildlife such as black bears to use the hollowed out beech tree as their residence!

Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis)

Alternate, compound leaves have 7-11  lance-shaped leaflets

Used for flooring and tools

Bitternut Hickory

Red Oak ( Quercus ruba)

Alternate, simple leaves with 7 to 11 lobes. Each lobe has a bristle tip.

Red oak is an important source of hardwood lumber

Red oak is largely cut into lumber, railroad ties, mine timbers, fenceposts, veneer, pulpwood and fuelwood. It is remanufactured into flooring, furniture, general millwork, boxes, pallets and crates, caskets, wooden ware and handles.

Wild Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)

Simple, alternate leaves with finely toothed margins. Small, white flowers on elongated clusters.  Flowers have a bad smell

Prunus serotina was widely introduced into Western and Central Europe as an ornamental tree

The American Elm (Ulmus americana)

Alternate, oval, pointed leaves have doubly toothed

The American elm was the most popular tree to plant in the booming cities of the 19th century, so that by the 20th century many streets were lined with only elms and were shaded in summer by a cathedral-like ceiling of their branches.