When youâre trying to identify a tree
, looking at the leaves or needles can be a big help. If tree foliage is a scale-like leaf, then youâre probably dealing with a conifer
or evergreen that is in the cedar or juniper family. To figure out which of these trees youâre looking at, take a look at the treeâs foliage, and match it up to the types identified below.
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The Major Cedars
Does your tree have scalelike green sprays
that are flattened into fan-like foliage? Does you tree have small cones or tiny pink flowers attached to the fan-like sprays? Remember that Eastern red cedar is actually a juniper
. If so you probably have a cedar!
2. The Major Junipers
Does you tree have berrylike, bluish, glaucous, bloomy cones on tips of shoots? Some junipers carry spiny needlelike leaves. The adult tree shape is often narrowly columnar. Remember that Eastern red cedar is actually a juniper. If so you probably have a juniper!