Scientific name
Fraxinus nigra
Also Known As
Aagimaak (Ojibwe), Basket Ash, Swamp Ash
Known as Aagimaak by the Ojibwe. Usually a small to medium sized tree, it often has a leaning or "crooked" appearance and is found in wet woods and swamps.

Scientific name
Syringa x chinensis
Also Known As
Chinese lilac (cloned), Red rothomagensis lilac chinensis
Fragrant, reddish-purple, flower clusters are the hallmark of this very showy ornamental shrub. It is a large, deciduous shrub that generally grows between 12 and 16 feet. This cloned plant was introduced from China, it is not invasive. A key distinction between Chinese lilac and common lilac is that the leaves are almost twice as long as they are wide compared to the much broader leaves of the common lilac.

Scientific name
Syringa vulgaris
Also Known As
Lilac
Common lilac is an introduced deciduous shrub with simple, smooth, heart-shaped, oppositely arranged leaves and 4 to 8 inch clusters of fragrant, purple to white flowers.

Scientific name
Forsythia x intermedia
Also Known As
Common forsythia, Garden forsythia, Easter tree
This early bloomer is a medium deciduous shrub and is well known for its profusion of vibrant yellow flowers signaling the onset of spring.

Scientific name
Fraxinus pennsylvanica
Green ash trees are common throughout the eastern United States. They are very common street trees that can grow up to 80 feet tall. The green leaves are "pinnately compound," in this case meaning that the "leaf" consists of 7-9 leaflets (3-4 sets of leaflet pairs along the stem and one leaflet at the end).Green ash flowers and leaves appear at roughly the same time during the spring and the flowers are inconspicuous, so look closely!

Scientific name
Fraxinus latifolia
Leaves are opposite, pinnately compound with 5 to 7 leaflets. The flowers are inconspicuous, yellow or greenish and emerge before the leaves. Found in moist areas.