Identifying the trees

Tree identification can be accomplished by looking at the shape and pattern of leaves on the trees.

Leaf Desciptions

alternate - petioles attach at different points
opposite - petioles attach at the same point on opposite sides

leaf

simple - one single leaf attaches to petiole
compound - one petiole has many small leaflets
lobes - leaf has a deeply wavy margin, the indentations are called sinuses

sinuses

palmately lobed - lobes are arranged as a hand (palm)
pinnately lobed - lobes are arranged in a line
toothed - not lobed, edge is not smooth

lobes


Tree Identification Terms and Pictures

Missouri Botanical Garden

Arbor Day Foundation

What Tree is It?

 

See sites above for descriptions and pictures of local trees

Know by sight the following tree leaves:

Maple
Oak
Elm
Tulip
Red Bud
Ash

tree

 

Tree Keys can help you identify a tree in your area, there are several guides (books) that can also help you.

guide

See Also: Tree Identification Key