Tree identification - Knowledgebase Question

Maryville, Te
Question by sochs4
September 29, 2008
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 from NGA
September 29, 2008


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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