When you are trying to identify a tree
, looking at the leaves or needles can be a big help. If tree foliage is a leaf, then you are probably dealing with a hardwood
tree that can be one of dozens of species that make up a hardwood forest. To figure out which of these trees you are looking at, take a look at the tree leaf, and match it up to the types of leaves identified below.
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Does your tree have a leaf with secondary leaves, called leaflets, borne on a single stalk attached to a twig? If yes, go to compound leaves