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Trees With Needles - Tree Leaf Key

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


When trying to identify a tree, looking at the leaves or needles can be a big help. If tree foliage is a needle, then you probably are dealing with a conifer or evergreen that is in the pine, fir, cypress, larch or spruce family. To figure out which of these trees you are looking at, take a look at the tree needles, and match them up to the types of needles identified below.

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1. Trees With Clusters of Needles

Pine tree needles close up
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Does your tree have clusters or bundles or fascicles of needles? If yes, go to the pines and larches...


2. Trees With Single Needles

Trees With Single Needles
Does your tree have single needles directly and singly attached to the twig? If yes, go to the spruces, firs, cypress and hemlocks...

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