Thanks to Mike Whittemore over at Flora and Fauna of Appalachia for a great idea. Why not post some twigs and buds of plants before the winter is gone. Of course I won't repeat anything he has done, but I have plenty of other species to choose from. Try to figure them out before checking the answers.
Okay, the first was Basswood, the second, Sourwood, and the third is Silky Dogwood.
And the winner is... Mockernut Hickory, Bitternut Hickory, Black Locust, and Tree-of-Heaven.
Answer time: Honey Locust, Hawthorn, Crabapple, Shagbark Hickory, Pignut Hickory, Autumn Olive, and Yellow Buckeye.
Okay, ready for high school?
And here we go again=White Ash, Biltmore Ash (not green ash haha), Wahoo, Elderberry, young Flowering Dogwood (without onion head flower buds), Blackgum, Red Elm.
Getting more difficult? Answers are; Canada Moonseed, Cucumber Magnolia, Carolina Rose, Black Maple (considered by some as just a sugar maple variety), Bladdernut, Musclewood.
Ready to Graduate??? Try these
Alright, those last two don't count. Final group= Northern Prickly-ash, Mulberry (probably red), Winterberry Holly, Smooth Alder, Yellow Buckeye opening, Pawpaw opening.