1. Education
Send to a Friend via Email
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Parts of a Tree, Use These Tree Parts to Identify a Tree


4 of 7

Parts of a Tree, Use the Flower, Cone and Fruit to Identify a Tree
Parts of a Tree, Use These Tree Parts to Identify a Tree

Tree Flowers, Fruit and Seed

USFS-TAMU clip art
Besides its branches, roots, and leaves, a mature tree grows another important structure - the flower (or cone, in the case of evergreens). These are the reproductive structures from which the seeds are produced.

These seed pods, cones, flowers and fruit are major markers that help in keying out and identifying a specific species of tree. Not as dependable as a leaf, a fruit or seed pod might only be found at certain times of the year. Leaves generally hang around either on the tree or on the ground beneath the tree.

Reproductive structures are great sources for tree identification. The acorn of an oak is a seed but completely different from a maple's samara. Study the illustration to familiarize yourself with many of the possible seeds and fruiting structures on trees.

Related Video
How to Identify an Oak Tree

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.