(Nyssa sylvatica)

Reliable early fall color and unusual horizontal branching distinguish a Blackgum from the oaks and elms that it may appear to be upon first inspection. Alternate, deciduous leaves are evenly spaced along the current year’s twig growth.

(Juglans nigra)

Alternate, compound, deciduous leaves have as many as 12- 24 leaflets along the stout, light brown twig. Leaf is aromatic when crushed.

(Prunus serotina)

Leaves are alternate, deciduous with a lustrous dark green upper surface and red fuzzy hairs along the petiole underneath. The gray, white or red-brown bark is smooth with numerous short, narrow, horizontal slits when young; becomes very dark (nearly black) and blocky when mature.

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