1. Ohio buckeye ( Aesculus glabra) – opposite with palmately compound complexity.Tree was found at the Battelle Darby Metro Park.buckeyes stirred into a wilderness pool might poison the fish such that they rise to the surface and then you could eat them (ohioplants.org/buckeye)
  2. redbud (Cercis canadensis) – alternate, simple, entire, cordate (heart-shaped). Tree was found at the Battelle Darby Metro Park.Redbud is also known as “Judas-tree” because a myth states that the tree’s flowers were originally white, but turned pink in embarrassment after Judas hung himself in the tree. (ohioplants.org/redbud)
  3. pawpaw (Asimina triloba) – alternate, simple, and pinnate.Tree was found at the Battelle Darby Metro Park. Produces an edible banana-like fruit that is harvested in the fall and there is a Pawpaw festival every year in Athens, Ohio.
  4. American basswood (Tilia americana) – alternate, simple, serrate, pinnate, and ovate with a cordate base.Tree was found at the Battelle Darby Metro Park. Native Americans cut it into thin strips and used it for rope, mats, and even bandages (forestry.ohiodnr.gov/basswood)
  5. slippery elm (Ulmus rubra) – alternate, double serrated margins, and asymmetrical bases. Tree was found at the Battelle Darby Metro Park.Slippery Elm is named after its slick, mucilaginous inner bark, which was chewed by the Native Americans and pioneers to quench thirst when water was not readily available (forestry.ohiodnr.gov/slipperyelm)
  6. sugar maple (Acer sacharrum) – opposite, simple (usually) and lobed.Tree was found in my woods behind my house in Uhirchsville, Ohio. Native Americans invented the process of maple sap collection and its distillation into maple sugar and maple syrup (forestry.ohiodnr.org/sugarmaple).
  7. blue ash (Fraxinus quadrangulta) – opposite, pinnately compound, and has squared twigs which makes it easily distinguishable from other ashes. Tree was found in my woods behind my house in Uhirchsville, Ohio. The pioneers extracted a blue dye from its inner bark, giving it the common name of blue ash (forestry.ohiodnr.gov/blueash)
  8. American sycamore (Plantanus occidentalis) alternate variable shaped leaves. ( Some have leaf bases that are cordate, hanging well below the point of attachment to the petiole, while others have leaf bases that are truncate – forestry.ohiodnr.gov/sycamore).  Tree was found on the Ohio State University campus. American sycamore is considered the most massive tree as defined by its circumference in the entire eastern half of the United States, where is it native including all of Ohio (forestry.ohiodnr.gov/sycamore)


I really enjoyed Popkin’s article because he seeks to instill the process of examining nature isn’t supposed to be tame. The thrill of  being in the wilderness is the freedom to be wild and the opportunity for an escape. Therefore, when examining trees and/or collecting any other sort of data, it is good to keep this predisposition in mind. Yes, being strategic, precise, and accurate is very important, however, curiosity is what leads to discovery. Despite when having certain directions, I found myself and many others today during our field trip getting lost in the beauty around us and our individual focuses drifting towards our own interests. This phenomenon supports Popkin’s article that experiencing/observing nature should never be totally limited and/or constructed, rather it should be one’s exploration.

Two trees that have heart-shaped (cordate) leaves are redbud and American basswood.