I keep taking photos of leaves but only know the generic tree name. Yesterday I put leaf photos on my blog because of their lovely colors but didn’t try to identify them. It’s not even like there are a lot of different trees. Let’s show them some respect and find out who they are! This is a tulip tree leaf. The trees are straight and tall. In the spring they have flowers that look like green and yellow petaled tulips with orange centers. The flowers are way up high. The only time you can see them clearly is when a caterpillar chews through a stem and the blossom falls to the road.
These are sycamore leaves. They can be very large. Sycamore trees grow near water. Their bark looks like green, tan and gray Army camouflage. In the winter the trunks look white or even blue. They may line a riverbank like a collection of white tree skeletons.
And then there are the endless oaks. This is a Spanish Oak leaf. It is a little different from what we think of as a ‘traditional’ oak leaf.
The photo on the left is a single Willow Oak leaf. The group on the right show lots of willow oak leaves the way they normally look on the ground. The trees are large and very symmetrical. They are covered with lots of very small leaves. If I can ID some other leaves I will share. But don’t stay up all night waiting!
PS. This leaf from yesterday’s blog is a Sweet Gum. Their colors range from yellow to almost purple. The leaves are shaped like stars. (I need a better example…) I used them to decorate a cactus one Christmas. They grow along roads. Fields around here that go unmowed for a year quickly fill up with sweet gum saplings. You can tell how long it has been since a field was mowed by how tall the sweet gum trees are.