Trees with 'alternate' branching
at River Bend Nature Center

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A simple leaf is single leaf blade


A compound leaf is multiple leaflets attached along a stem


Alternate branching with compound leaves
 

Hickory (genus Carya)

Hickory

Hickories have alternate compound leaves. The leaflets grow larger from top to bottom along the leaf stem (petiole). The bark of the bitternut hickory resembles elephant skin. A few shagbarks can be found as well.
Hickory Trunk

 

Butternut (Juglans cinerea )
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)

Black Walnut

Butternuts and walnuts both have long, compound leaves with 11 or more leaflets. Butternuts are more common in River Bend, but most are infected with a bark fungus and are dying.

Butternut Trunk

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Alternate branching with simple, lobed (fingered) leaves
 

Oak (genus Quercus )

Oaks are generally split into 2 categories:
red oaks (pointed leaves) and white oaks (rounded leaves).

White oak leaves

White Oak

Red oak leaves

Red Oak

 
Alternate branching with simple unlobed leaves
 

Eastern Cottonwood
(Poplus deltoides)

Eastern Cottonwood

 

Quaking Aspen
(Populus tremuloides

Quaking Aspen

Birch (genus Betula)

Birch

American Basswood
(Tilea americana)

American Basswood

Elm (genus Ulmus)

Elm

Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

Hackberry

Eastern Hophornbeam
aka Ironwood
(Ostrya virginiana)

Eastern Hophornbeam

Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)

Black Cherry

Willows (genus Salix)

Willow

 
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