Tucker Rd. Park is located in the northwest area of Columbus, OH. The park is in an urban setting and seems to be in an area that is a bit disturbed. The park has a paved bike/walking trail that goes through the park and the Olentangy River runs along the edge of the park. Nevertheless, there is still great diversity of Ohio plants found here as we will explore. There were a variety of trees, flowers, and shrubs found throughout the region.
Tree #1: sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
The wood of the sycamore tree is extremely tough, making it very difficult to break, so this wood has been used as butcher’s blocks (“Trees of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada,” William Harlow).
Tree #2: silver maple (Acer saccharinum)
Shrub #1: Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)
Shrub #2: sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
According to “Trees of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada” by William Harlow, Sassafras has been used to make tea by boiling the root bark. Additionally, the oils from the roots have been used to make soaps and lotions.
Flower #1: tall goldenrod (Solidago altissima)
Flower #2: butterweed (Packera glabella)
Butterweed is an annual plant, however, this plant seeds out in such a wide array that it still covers the same amount of ground cover as many perennial plants (The University of Texas at Austin, https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=pagl17).
poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)
The fruits of poison ivy are drupes and persist through the winter. As many as 60 bird species feed on these white drupes (“Trees of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada”, William Harlow).