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FC: Survey of Common Trees in the Southeast

1: At Shelby Farms Park and Conservatory, there is a trail of trees that are commonly growing in this area of West Tennessee. The following are pictures taken of some of the trees along this trail and quick facts about identifying each.

2: This tree has large thorns on the trunk of the tree. You can't miss them!! They usually grow 3-10 cm long but can be 20 cm. | The leaves of a honey locust are compound leaves meaning each leaf is made up of many smaller leaves.

3: Its leaves are simple leaves with rounded simple teeth on the sides. It produces acorns which mature in the fall. Its bark is thin, scaly, and a pale gray color.

4: The bark of the downy serviceberry is smooth and gray. | Its leaves are elliptical with pointed tips and finely serrated margins. Its name comes from the young leaves which are downy on their underside.

5: Also called a possumwood or sugar plum. Has oval shaped leaves | Produces a round or oval shaped fruit that is orange to yellow in color and is used in desserts or other food.

6: This tree is more commonly known as the American Holly with bright red berries that last in winter and are used in Christmas decorations. | it is an evergreen and its leaves contain several sharp-like points and the leaves stay on the trees for one to two years and then fall off in the spring.

7: These are similar to the common sweetgum tree that has five pointed leaves and spiky seeds but these lack the ability to reproduce and have five rounded lobes. | This variety of sweetgum was discovered in North Carolina in the 1930s.

8: It has exfoliating bark that flakes off in various sized and shaped chunks. The leaves are 4-9 inches long and have three lobes that have teeth extending from the end of the lobes.

9: The leaves have three to five lobes and are arranged oppositely on the twig. | The red maple turns beautiful yellow to red colors in the fall. The bark is pale gray and smooth in young trees.

10: Its bark is light gray ash colored and peels of in small pieces occasionally. The leaves have slightly rounded lobes.

11: Its leaves are lighter colored on the underside of the leaves. | They grow in moist upland sites. They are cultivated and used for making baseball bats, tool handles, flooring, electric guitars, and furniture.

12: Leaves have 5-7 lobes with pointed ends. | Red Oaks like all oaks produce acorns that mature in the fall.

13: Each lobe of the leaves has 5-7 bristle tipped teeth. The acorns produced by this tree are small with a thin, shallow cap.

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