Aren’t you curious to know about the beautiful tall & green things outside?
You might be thinking what are you talking about? Well trees, of course our food! Trees are not only essential for our survival but they also make us happy because they are soothing to look at. They completely change the way our surroundings look. Imagine how would our roads,homes,schools, etc. look if there were no trees? Dead, right? Well, that’s what I’m talking about.
According to an article published by Lindsay Baker from BBC, she suggested that trees actually help improve your mental health and that they can literally save your life. https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20170811-what-can-trees-teach-us-about-life-and-happiness
Now that we know about the benefits and importance of trees we shall have a look at the different types of trees that exist in our environment. I’m going to share a couple different types of trees that I recently tried to identify around my neighborhood.
Starting with the most special tree to me because this one is right outside my patio. This tree is such a darling because it keeps me cool during the summers and gives my apartment a special touch by being so long and massive.
Speaking of which, this tree can grow upto 75-100 feet tall. Of course, you guessed it right it is the american sycamore, Plantus occidentalis. This deciduous tree is a resemblance of a maple tree because of its leaves. They are simple, alternate and about 4-8 inches wide with margins which are coarsely toothed. The trunk is larger than any other native tree, with mature trees having recorded diameters up to 15 feet.
Did you know? During summer (which is the blooming season), american sycamore’s seed balls fly through the sky. If you aren’t attentive enough it can fly right into your mouth and cause discomfort in your throat. So, make sure people keep your mouth shut during summers!!!
So, enough about the american sycamore already! Aren’t you guys curious about the other one? So, what’s the wait about? Let’s jump to the next one…
This one is right next to the american sycamore, outside my patio, they are kind of best friends? I think so! What’s so special about this tree? Well, let’s find out.
This tree is also known as chuckleberry, Amelanchier canadensis. This little tree can be found nearly anywhere in North America, it is generally used as an ornamental tree. The leaves are alternate, simple, pointed at the tip and finely toothed along the edges.
An interesting story about this tree. Are you nosy when it comes to stories too? So, the first settlers in the New England area often planned funeral services at the same time the tree bloomed which is during spring time. It’s blooming was a sign that the ground had thawed sufficiently for graves digging. Wasn’t that fun?
Do not get too excited about the pears, we cannot eat them. This tree was located right outside my gym in Hilliard. Callery pear, Pyrus calleryana is a species of pear tree native to China and Vietnam. So, why plant it if we can’t eat the pears? Well, the tree is loved by birds of course because they can eat the pears. If only humans could fly… basically used as an ornamental tree because it grows beautiful white flowers during the spring.
Interesting thing about them is they can give beautiful flowers during spring and deep red leaves during fall which why they are highly in demand for landscaping purposes. Talking about leaves they have alternate, simple, heart-shaped leaves with finely serrated margins.
Warning ! readers, keep your dogs away from the pear because it can. be poisonous for them to consume it. Alright, what’s next?
This is eastern white pine, Pinus strobus which I found on the Riverside road. This is an evergreen long-lived tree which is native to mixed forests to temperate zones in eastern North America. Considered one of the tallest trees in its native areas. It has foliage leaves which are parallel and needle-like in shape.
By the beginning of the 20th century, there were only 1% of the original forests that had this kind of tree because of its high demanded wood which is very good for construction. Also, the soft pine branches are highly used for making holiday wreaths.
Now comes the cherry blossom. Reminds me of Japan. What a beautiful country!
This tree I captured near my neighborhood which produces beautiful flowers during spring. It is called the cherry plum, Prunus cerasifera. This deciduous small tree is native to Southern Europe and Western Asia. One of the most common wild fruits of its native region, producing numerous, rounded, yellow, red, or burgundy-colored, sweet, juicy fruit in summer or autumn. Its leaves are 2-4 inches long and alternate and have an ovate to oval to obovate shape.
An interesting thing about this tree is in a green grove, its leaves are bright purple. Looking, from afar, the thin trunks support lush crowns, creating beautiful scenery.
Merry Christmas!! fellas, hohoho…guess what’s next?
This is the norway spruce, Picea abies. The fastest-growing of all spruces, makes for a good roosting spot for owls and hawks. This tree was captured at the Easton town center, they decorate these trees so beautifully during christmas time. You should check it out this christmas. The tree has alternate, needle-like, parallel leaves with entire margin.
The Norwegian capital provides, norway spruce for London, Edinburgh and Washington. Basically, the Christmas tree in the most central square of each city is norway spruce.
Already, up next is the lily magnolia.
No, no don’t get too excited hearing lily I know it’s your favorite flower too but hey! this tree produces flowers which look lilies. Isn’t that amazing? So, basically the lily magnolia, Magnolia liliiflora is a small tree native to china. It has broad, alternate, simple flowers with entire margins. Captured outside my apartment. Yeah, yeah I live in a jungle.
This received extra attention in the 1950’s, during the development of new magnolia trees led by the American National Arboretum. Many hybrid magnolia strains were developed and received common girls’ names such as Betty, Jane, Judy, etc.
And last but not the least, we have some honey for you.
This is the Honey locust, Gleditsia triacanthos. Captured right outside Tuttle mall, which is where I work by the way. This is deciduous tree native to our home (North America) ladies and gentlemen, we have something that belongs to us. Alas! The trunk of this tree is covered in thorns that are soft and green when young, but age to be hard and brittle. These thorns can reach up to 8 inches in length. Thorny much?!
The leaves are pinated, alternate and have serrated margins. The tree used for its decorative purpose. In Australia (especially, Queensland and New South Wales), this tree is considered invasive weed.
Alright, I hope this was a fun learning, reading experience for all my lovely readers.