Coloring Page: The ABCs of Ohio Plants & Animals | O

This coloring page is presented in honor of Paul E. Potter. To see your family’s name on a future coloring page, contact the Great Parks Forever team at 513-521-7275.

We’re giving you some fun coloring activities! Here, you’ll find a fun coloring sheet featuring the ABCs of Ohio’s native flora and fauna.

Osage Orange, hedgeapple, monkey brain – whatever you may call it – the fruit of this deciduous tree (Maclura pomifera) is hard to miss with its bumpy appearance! In fact, you can see these trees all over the aptly named Hedgeapple Trail at Woodland Mound, the favorite Great Park of today’s coloring page honoree, Paul E. Potter.

Did you know, before barbed wire fences were common, Osage Orange trees were planted as a “living fence?” Stems of most Osage Orange trees are thorny, and the branches arch and interlace when planted in a row. Early settlers would plant Osage Orange trees in a row or hedge to create a fence for livestock.

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Hedgeapple Trail Sighn

April is Ohio Native Plant Month, a vision dedicated to building public awareness and communicating the importance of native plants in our state. Great Parks is proud to be a partner of this movement.

We’re supporting Ohio Native Plant Month through our 100,000 Tree Challenge. This challenge is in response to the United Nations 2020 International Year of Plant Health to plant 1.2 trillion trees. To recognize this effort, Great Parks will be planting more than 900 native trees this year.