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Maple, Sycamore, Yellow-poplar, Sweetgum - 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 a maple, sweetgum, sycamore or yellow-poplar . Let's continue...

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1. The Major Maples

Sugar Maple
Does your tree have leaves that have three to five lobes, are usually less than 4 inches in size and are opposite in leaf arrangement? If yes, you have a maple.

OR

2. Sycamore

Sycamore
Does your tree have leaves that have three to five shallow lobes, are usually greater than 4 inches in size and are alternate in leaf arrangement with a long, stout leaf-stalk? If yes, you have a sycamore.

OR

3. Yellow-poplar

Yellow-poplar or Tulip Tree
Does your tree have leaves that are flattened or "cut off" across the top end, with 2 lobes on either side of the midrib (the primary rib or central vein)? If yes, you have a yellow-poplar.

OR

4. Sweetgum

Sweetgum
Does your tree have a leaf that is star-shaped and whose 5 (sometimes seven) long pointed lobes have veins from a notched base? If yes, you have a sweetgum.
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