Hello plant lovers!
Here contains infromation about why tree identification is so important for all people to understand, and trees that I have recently identified this week. According to the article “Cure Yourself of Tree Blindness” by Gabriel Popkin, tree blindness expresses how many people to not know anything about trees, but this should be changed because trees are so vital to the way we live. People should understand more about trees because it can have lasting affects on the Earth. Fixing “tree blindness” can allow people to have a better undertstanding of history, sources of food, and it can be an important indicator of the environment. (Popkin) Having an understanding of various types of trees help people to realize much forests are affected by peoples actions. This could help prevent deforestion and save vital resources that are produced by trees. Since trees are such an important factor in ecosystems, people can help conserve trees, therefore conserving wildlife, people, and the Earth as a whole.
There are many trees that I have observed in the last week, these including common Ohio trees. The first tree observed is a Oak tree, otherwise known as querus. I observed this tree in a large patch of forestry just off of Olentangy River Road in Columbus, Ohio. The leaf arrangement of this tree is alternate, and the leaf complexity is simple, meaning that their is one leaf emerged from the branch. A main factor that lead to this identification, was that the leaves are lobed and contain acorns. This tree is often found in woodlands and forestry in North America. Oak trees often can live up to be one thousand years (Ward). I did not know any of this information before taking the course Ohio Plants 2210, and learned how to correctly identify trees with the book “Trees of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada” by William M. Harlow.
The second tree to be observed here is the Beech tree of genus Fagus, which I also 0bserved in the same location of the Oak tree. The leaf arrangement is alternate and the complexity is simple, and the leaves are narrow with ridges. The habitat found as well, is the forest or wooded areas. Something interesting about this tree, is the fact that it can grow in many conditions (Myers). I can also connect from the idea of “tree blindness” because I would never have known what this type of tree looked like.
The next tree that I identified is the maple or acer. This type of tree is palmately lobed and has opposite arrangement and simple complexity. It is found in forests and I located it again in the same location, Olentangy. Something interesting about this plant’s ecology is that it can grow to be 145 feet tall! (Softschools.com) As Popkin had noted that history can be uncovered by trees, I was thinking about this when looking at this tree, because they are so old.
Dogwood or cornus is also another tree that has opposite arrangment and simple complexity. I found these trees to be very unique and identifiable because of the color. This tree was also found in the same habitat and location of the previous examples. These types of trees have many species’, anywhere between thirty to sixty according to wikipedia. (Wikipedia )
The next tree identifiable is the Northern Red Oak or querus. This is because it has alternate arrangment and simple complexity, and it has many points at the end of the leaves. It yet again, was found off of Olentangy in a forested type area. This type of tree grows about two feet each year, according to an internet source CaseyTrees. ( CaseyTrees )
Northern Red Oak
The tuliptree or liriodendran tulipifera L. is a very beautiful and interesting tree to me. It has alternate arrangement and simple complexity. It was found in the same area as previously stated. It is pretty identifiable to me because it has four lobes on the end. Something interesting to me is the fact that they can end up living for three hundred years, as stated by Carolyn J. Randall. ( Randall )
The mulberry tree or morus ruba L. is another identifiable one, which has alternate arrangment and simple complexity. This tree has the small pods hanging from it. It was found in the same area and the same habitat. This type of tree grows in moist forests, as stated in the article “Mulberry Facts.”
The last tree I observed was not observed in the book, but I identified it from the website “Gardening Know How” by Bonnie L. Grant. The willow oak or quercus phellos is palmately complex. It’s leaves go all the way around the end. It was found in the same habitat and area. Willow oaks are native to eastern and central parts of the U.S. as stated by Wikipedia. ( Wikipedia) This type of tree I have seen a lot of, and it has improved my “tree blindness” because I actually know what kind of tree it is now!
Having knowledge of these trees can greatly affect the future of how we treat our Earth. If we can cure “tree blindness” as discussed by Popkin, then can understand its importance and create a better and more sustainable earth, one tree at a time.
1) Popkin, Gabriel. Cure Yourself of Tree Blindness. 2017. New York Times.