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Willow, Elm, Birch, Black Cherry, Beech and Basswood - 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 elm, willow, beech, cherry or birch. Let's continue...

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1. Willow

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Does your tree have a leaf that is narrow and long with small toothed leaf margins (serrate)? If yes, you most probably have a willow.

OR

2. The Major Elms

American Elm
Does your tree have a leaf that is doubly toothed around the margins of the leaf (doubly serrate) and asymmetrical at the base? If yes, you most probably have a elm.

OR

3. The Major Birches

Paper Birch
Does your tree have a leaf that is doubly toothed around the margins of the leaf (doubly serrate) and symmetrical to heart-shaped at the base? If yes, you most probably have a birch.

OR

4. Black Cherry

Black Cherry
Does your tree have an elliptical leaf that is saw-toothed around the margins of the leaf, with very fine curved or blunt teeth and symmetrical at the base? If yes, you most probably have a cherry.

OR

5. American Beech

American Beech
Does your tree have a leaf that is toothed with sharp, incurved teeth around the margins where the surface texture is smooth (glabrous) and paper-like? If yes, you most probably have a beech.

6. Basswood

Does your tree have a leaf that is broadly ovate, coarsely saw-toothed  around the margins where the veins are pinnately veined and the leaf base is notched? If yes, you most probably have a basswood.

 

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