Ohio State Tree
is 3 to 6 inches long with a serrated margin, rachis about as long as leaflets. Dark green above and paler below. Strong fetid odor when crushed.
Light yellow, in large, 4 to 7-inch, showy, upright clusters. Stamens
are longer than petals. Appear from April to May.
Prickly, leathery husk enclosing usually 1 smooth chestnut brown seed
(1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter). Borne on a stout stalk and mature in October.
Stout, with a large shield-shaped leaf scar. Fetid odor when broken.
Terminal buds are large, orangish brown with keeled scales. Opposite lateral
buds are much smaller.
Initially smooth, ashy gray but later developing corky, scaly patches,
becoming quite rough and darker gray.
Upright, medium-sized tree, 60 to 80 feet tall, 2 feet in diameter. Oblong
crown with pendulous up-turning branches.
Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen,
Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag
Handbook 654; range map source information