The Q&A Archives: Tree identification

Question: Several large, old trees in our are that I can't identify. People around me assume I know what they mean when they refer to their Elm trees, Black Oaks, Red Oaks, Pin Oaks,etc. How do I identify various trees? Is it by the leaf shape or the bark? Please! clue me in.

Answer: You're absolutely correct! Trees are keyed out according to their leaf shape, bark, branch structure and flowers. There are tons of books on the subject but I also found a website with some very helpful information on tree identification, hosted by the University of Tennessee:

You can download the pamphlet if you think it will be helpful.

Best wishes with your project!

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