Gabriel Popkin said that “native trees are the last truly wild beings.” This statement really struck me because I’ve never thought of trees as being wild but then again before last year I never thought about trees really at all. I have recently started to realize how important trees are; not in that they are just present in the world but what types of trees makes up different habitats. The types of tree in an area can dictate what other plant life grows there and what animals can call that place home. Forest types can change mostly due to human intervention; Popkin stated that he think we are going to be living in a world of beech and it not a future he would like to see. I have to agree with him diversity in all parts of life are important for a successful community. My hope through this class is to gain a better understanding of the native tree species of Ohio.

Sugar Maple (Acer Saccharum)

Sugar maples have grayish bark and have opposite leaf arrangement. Their leaves are simple and smoothly lobed. This tree was found near the Rocky River Nature Center in the Cleveland Metro-parks; in a mixed deciduous, conifer forest. The lumber from sugar maples is commonly used for bowling allies.(Sugar Maple)

“Sugar Maple.” Sugar Maple, July 1997, https://ostermiller.org/tree/sugarmaple.html.

Sassafras (Sassafras Albidum)
 Sassafras tress can have a mix of different looking leaves they are simple and can have three lobes, two lobes “mitten like” or be entire; their arrangement is alternate. Their leaves also have a citrus smell to them. This tree was found near the Rocky River Nature Center in the Cleveland Metro-parks; in a mixed deciduous, conifer forest. The roots and bark of the sassafras tree can be used to make oil.(Sassafras Tree)
“Sassafras Tree Facts.” Balcony Garden Web, 17 Nov. 2018, https://balconygardenweb.com/sassafras-tree-facts/.
Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)
Hackberry have alternate, simple leaves that are serrate; its bark is light gray in color. This tree was found near the Rocky River Nature Center in the Cleveland Metro-parks; in a mixed deciduous, conifer forest. Hackberry berries an be eaten by humans and have a similar tastes as dates. (Campbell, Damien)
Campbell, Damien. “Interesting Facts About the Hackberry Tree.” Sciencing, 2 Mar. 2019, https://sciencing.com/interesting-hackberry-tree-6513384.html.
River Birch (Betula nigra)
River birch have simple, alternate leaves that are also serrate. Older river birch will have unmistakable papery peely bark. This tree was found near the Rocky River Nature Center in the Cleveland Metro-parks; in a mixed deciduous, conifer forest. This trees wood was used to make artificial limbs.(Clark, Karen)
Clark, Karen. “River Birch Tree Facts.” Home Guides | SF Gate, 28 Nov. 2018, https://homeguides.sfgate.com/river-birch-tree-43016.html.
Eastern Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Eastern hophornbeam has simple leaves that are alternately arranged. The leaves are also serrate with fine teeth the top of the leaf feels rough. This tree was found near the Rocky River Nature Center in the Cleveland Metro-parks; in a mixed deciduous, conifer forest. This tree gets part of its name from its fruits that resemble true hop used to make beer. (Forestry, Ohio)
Forestry, Ohio DNR Division of. “Ohio.gov / Search.” Ohio DNR Division of Forestry, http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/hophornbeam.
Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
Northern red oak have an alternate leaf arrangement; their leaves are simple and lobed, with the lobes ending in sharp points with bristles on them. This tree was found near the Rocky River Nature Center in the Cleveland Metro-parks; in a mixed deciduous, conifer forest. Native Americans would use the acorns of this tree to make flour.(Fun Facts)
“Fun Facts.” The Northern Red Oak Tree – Home, https://harper-northernredoak.weebly.com/fun-facts.html.
American Basswood (Tilia americana)
American basswood has an alternate leaf arrangement; the leaves are simple, serrate and the base of the leaf is uneven. This tree was found near the Rocky River Nature Center in the Cleveland Metro-parks; in a mixed deciduous, conifer forest. In many folk stories the basswood tree is said to be the tree of lovers.(Snaplant)
Snaplant. “Basswood or Linden Tree Interesting Facts And Uses.” Snaplant.com, 30 Jan. 2016, http://snaplant.com/trees/basswood-or-linden-tree-interesting-facts-and-uses/.
American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)
American hornbeam have a simple, serrate, even based leaves; that are alternately arranged. The tree is sometimes called muscle wood because of its curvy bark. This tree was found near the Rocky River Nature Center in the Cleveland Metro-parks; in a mixed deciduous, conifer forest.  American hornbeam wood is commonly used to make butcher’s blocks.(American Hornbeam)
“American Hornbeam Facts.” Math, http://www.softschools.com/facts/plants/american_hornbeam_facts/1277/.
Popkin, Gabriel. “Cure Yourself of Tree Blindness.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 26 Aug. 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/26/opinion/sunday/cure-yourself-of-tree-blindness.html.