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Botanical Markers, Tree Characteristics and Winter Tree Identification

By January 21, 2013

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A tree identification manual with a key is certainly helpful during a tree's growing season but not as helpful during winter. I have created a source that can hone you winter tree identification skills. Developing your ability to observe  and size up a tree will be invaluable during the dormant season even as the leaf key is tucked away in your warm library. Get to know a tree and its parts, or "markers", and how these parts look in every season - especially in winter.

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January 29, 2013 at 5:38 am
(1) Steven Burkhardt says:

There are ways for tree identification during the winter, look at the buds! In the past I worked for the US Forest Service-Forest Inventory. This work consisted of measuring trees on research plots and being able to identify them. I always carried a bud key manual with me. Also, the bark, your location, look for leaves on the ground, acorn husks, etc to make you identification.

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