THE next time we have children over, I think we shall have a competition to see who can collect the most pinecones and sweetgum fruits. Emma has an ongoing collection of green and brown sweetgums "for the squirrels" nestled in the roots of the tree. This got me thinking that I didn't actually know what most of the trees are in and behind our garden, besides the numerous pine trees, American holly, flowering white dogwoods and one sweetgum.
So with the help of this website I made a start at identification:
Sweetgum - liquidambar styraciflua
American holly - ilex opaca
Black tupelo (black gum) - nyssa sylvatica
Water oak - quercus nigra