Tree Features: Pignut Hickory – Carya Glabra

Pignut Hickory (Carya glabra) is a medium size tree that Pignut hickory reaches 50′ to 60′ high. Pignut hickory growing on dry ridgetops and slopes throughout. Pignut Hickory wood is heavy, hard, and strong and is mostly used for tool handles. The nuts they are an important food for squirrels and chipmunks. Pignut Hickories have … Read more

Tree Features: Shingle Oak – Quercus Imbricaria

Shingle Oak (Quercus imbricaria) also known as laurel oak have leaves 3 to 6 inches long and the leaves or sort of oval shaped with out the lobes of your classic oak leaf. There are only a few oaks with leaves that look like this so identification of these trees is pretty easy. Similiar oaks … Read more

Tree Features: Sugarberry – Celtis Laevigata

Almost identical to hackberry. Fruit is popular with winter birds, especially the cedar waxwing, mockingbird, and robin. Little value for deer. Sugarberry (Celtis laevigata) is a small to medium-sized tree with alternate, simple, leaves 2 to 5 inches long. Leaves are ovate, with acuminate tips and a cordate, inequilateral base. Leaf margins are serrate and … Read more

Tree Features: Eastern Cottonwood – Populus Deltoides

Eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides) can be either male or female. Eastern Cottonwood trees get their name from the fluffy white seeds produced by the females during early summer. The seeds are very small, 1mm wide by 4 mm long. Eastern Cottonwood trees are one of the largest trees in North America, up to 100 ft. … Read more

Tree Features: Eastern Hophornbeam

Eastern Hophornbeam is a small tree with simple alternate, oval shaped leaves with doubly serrated margins. Hairy underside of leaves around the base of the petiole. The fruit is very distinctive in that it resembles hops. The fruit is a small nutlet about a 1/4 inch long. The fruit matures in August but is persistant … Read more

Tree Features: Honey Locust – Gleditsia Triacanthos

Honey Locust are easy to identify by their numerous thorns, distinctive bark and compound leaves. Honey Locust are decidous with very limited wildlife value. Deer will feed extensively on the seed pods. Many hunters make a point to hunt these trees when the “beans” are falling.

Tree Freatures: Water Oak – Quercus Nigrarange

Water Oak (Quercus Nigrarange) from Texas to Florida and North to New Jersey and into Illinois. Water oaks are a red oak that is a consistent producer of acorns making an excellent tree as far as wildlife value goes. But its timber value is much lower than most other oaks. If you are planting oak … Read more

Tree Features: American Beech – Fagus Grandifolia

American Beech – Fagus grandifolia:¬†A medium sized tree. Leaves altenate, simple, deciduous, 2.5 to 5 inches long, 1 to 2.5 inches wide. Fruit is a 3 angled nut, enclosed in a bur covered capsule. Trigs often zigzag with¬†terminal buds 1 inch long. Bark is thin, smooth, gray. Range from southeastern Canada to Wisconsin south to … Read more

Tree Features: Post Oak

The Post Oak (Quercus stellata) has a range from Massachusetts west to Illinois then south to central Texas east to central Florida. Post oak gets its name from the fact that it was once used extensivly for post because of it durability when in contact with the soil. Post oak is one of the more … Read more