Welcome to my first survey page! Here you’ll find eight different varieties of trees found around OSU’s north campus. When approaching this assignment I really focused on curing my tree blindness as described by Gabriel Popkin and truly appreciating the greens and grounds that we have here on our wonderfully maintained campus. Please enjoy!

Scarlet Oak

Quercus Coccinea

The leaves of the commonly known Scarlet Oak are deeply sinuated with pointed ends and smooth margins, arranged in an alternating fashion on branches that are reddish-brown with buds that are brown and ovoid.  Their bright red autumn foliage makes this a popular garden and park tree in Europe. Even more importantly it is a perfect fit for OSU’s campus!                                              http://www.tree-guide.com/scarlet-oak

Red Maple

Acer rubrum

The leaves of a Red Maple are lobed with serrated margins, arranged in an opposite position along the branches of this dark brown tree. This species is very common in America and its leaves turn a bright red and yellow during the fall, making me very excited to see this particular tree on Lane Avenue during that time of year!                                                                                                                         http://www.tree-guide.com/red-maple

Chinese Elm

Ulmus parvifolia

The Chinese Elm has leaves that are simple and alternate on their branches that are elliptic in shape and serrated along the margins. A tough and durable tree that is reported to be transplanted into new areas rather easily, the Chinese Elm is also used as a bonsai tree. Perhaps I’ll have to take that hobby up during this course!                                                                  https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/ulmus-parvifolia/

Kentucky Coffee Tree

Gymnocladus dioicus

The leaves of the Kentucky Coffee Tree are positioned as alternating on their branches in pinnately compounded compositions further identifiable by their smooth leaf margins. These trees grow seed pods up to 25 centimeters in length and the seed can be roasted to be used as a coffee substitute. Don’t eat them raw, however, as they are highly toxic until cooked.                     http://www.tree-guide.com/kentucky-coffee-tree

London Planetree

Platanus acerifolia

These leaves have smooth margins along their lobed shapes and alternate in position on the grayish-brown and scaly bark that covers this tree. This tree is actually believed to be a cross between the Oriental Plane (Platanus orientalis) with the American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) and was discovered in the 1700s!                                                                                                                   http://www.tree-guide.com/london-plane-tree

Ohio Buckeye Tree

Aesculus glabra

Buckeye leaves are palmately compound leaves made up of five to seven leaflets each of which is ovately shaped and each leaflet has finely toothed margins. These trees are also called Horse Chestnut Trees as their seeds are poisonous to humans but perfectly fine for horses to munch on all day long!                                                                                                                                            https://leafyplace.com/buckeye/

Black Tupelo

Nyssa sylvatica

These leaves are ovoid with smooth margins and an alternating position on the branches of these thick, reddish-gray, scaly barked trees with wavy and smooth margins along the edges. This tree was a very fun find and photograph as its leaves have an interesting coloration and waxy quality to them that I had yet to see on my survey.                                                                                                         http://www.tree-guide.com/black-tupelo

European Beech

Fagus sylvatica

Finally, we have this Beech, whose leaves alternate in position with their ovoid shapes and toothed margins along with spiky fruit capsules just waiting to stab a Beech. These trees often reach a height of 20-30 meters and are found in huge forests all across Germany!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     http://www.tree-guide.com/european-beech