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Hickory, Ash, Walnut and Pecan - Tree Leaf Key

A Quick and Easy Way to Identify 50 Common North American Trees

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You most probably have a broadleaf or deciduous tree that is either an ash, hickory, walnut or pecan. Let's continue...

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1. The Major Hickories

Shagbark Hickory - Carya ovata A Shagbark
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Does your tree have a leaf with less than 9 blades and an alternate leaf arrangement (3 end leaflets usually distinctly larger than basal leaflets)? If yes, you most probably have a hickory.

OR

2. The Major Ashes

White Ash
Does your tree have a leaf with opposite leaf arrangement where leaflets are similar in size and shape? If yes, you most probably have an ash.

OR

3. Walnut and Butternut

Black Walnut
Does your tree have a leaf with 9 to 21 broadly lance-shaped blades and an alternate leaf arrangement? If yes, you most probably have a walnut or butternut.

OR

4. Pecan

Pecan
Does your tree have a leaf with 11-17 slightly sickle-shaped blades and an alternate leaf arrangement? If yes, you most probably have a pecan.

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