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Easily Identify Trees Using a Tree Leaf Key
A simple tree leaf identification key for 100 of the most common North American tree's common name and species name.
Easily Identify 50 North American Trees with...
Use this tree leaf key to identify the most common North American hardwood or deciduous trees. Identify your tree with using a single leaf (do not confuse with leaflets) or the many versions of compounds leaves.
Easily Identify 50 Common U.S. Trees
Hardwood or deciduous trees have leaves that are known as single or simple. This common simple leaf can be in two forms, lobed and unlobed.
10 Best Trees for Your Yard
Here are ten of the best, most popular and important trees to consider planting in your yard.
10 Best Small Trees for Your Yard
Here are top 10 small trees recommended for planting in a small yard. These trees were selected by urban forest specialists for their preferred qualities.
The 17 Most Common Oak Trees
Listed here are the most important American oaks. These 17 common oak species are considered the major species for occurrence and economic value.
10 Reasons Not to Cut Down Trees
Living trees are important, necessary and valuable to our very existence. Life without trees, we humans would not exist on Earth. Keep a tree around.
How to Kill a Tree With Herbicides
There are times you need to kill a tree and control woody stem plants. Chemical and herbicides are effective if the right treatment and proper application is used.
Hickory, Ash, Walnut and Pecan - Tree Leaf Key
Hickory, Ash, Walnut and Pecan - Tree Leaf Key
Tree Leaf Margins - Toothed and Entire - Tree...
Trees with Leaf Margins that may be entire or toothed.
Why It's Not Easy to Hunt and Find American...
Identifying the ginseng plant, root and seed is important but you must also know the legal harvest regulations.
How to Identify the 100 Most Common Trees in...
Learn to identify 100 most common conifer and evergreen trees of the North American forest. Use my tree finder key, along with photographic images and other identifiers to name your tree.
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree...
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
32 Common Tree Diseases in the US
An index of common tree diseases and pathogens taken from the Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet (FIDL) Series, USDA Forest Service
Essential Tips on Using a Chain Saw to cut a...
I show you the step by step process on how cut down a tree using a chainsaw. Felling a tree with a chainsaw must combine safety with a plan how the tree needs to be dropped and bucked to your best advantage.
The common hardwood leaves with teeth.
Black Willow, Elm, Birch, Black Cherry, Beech and Basswood - Tree Leaf Key
Pine is one of the most important trees in...
Pine trees are one of the most common coniferous species in North America. Here is a list of those major pines most often seen in the United States and Canada.
What Are the Common North American Hardwood Trees
A list of the most Common North American hardwood trees with their ranges, their identifying and habitat descriptions plus photos.
Successfully Grow an Oak Tree with an Acorn
How to grow an oak tree from a germinated acorn. This resource shows you how to collect, properly prepare and plant an acorn.
How Much Should You Pay for Firewood?
Finding firewood just starts the process of determining value of firewood. You need the certainty of not being charged double. Learn how to buy firewood.
A Simple Way to Identify Conifer Trees
Identification of conifer trees most common to North American by their needles and leaves, fruit and flowers. Use conifer and evergreen tree species identifiers like a needle, bark or twig using a key online.
Unlobed leaves that are smooth around the...
Magnolia, Persimmon, Dogwood, Blackgum, Water and Live Oak - Tree Leaf Key
Identify the Most Common Hardwoods
Identification of hardwood trees most common to North American forests by their leaves, fruit and flowers. Use broadleaf and decidious tree species identifiers like a leaf, bark or twig using an key online.
Find balanced and unevern lobed tree leaves.
Hardwood trees like sassafras and mulberry have unbalanced lobes. Most other lobed tree leaves are considered to have evenly or balanced lobes.
Here are all the tree leaves similar to maple.
Maple, Sycamore, Yellow-poplar, Sweetgum - Tree Leaf Key
Electric Chainsaws are Considered Good...
Many people simply don't need the expense or power of a gas chainsaw. If you mainly use saws around the house you need to reconsider a good electric chainsaw first.
Try to work with exposed existing tree roots...
Tree roots that grow on the surface are difficult to mow or walk over and can effect the growth and health of nearby grass and groundcovers. Here are tips on protecting that tree from root damage.
Balanced Lobed Hardwood Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Hardwood trees with balanced palmate and pinnate lobes.
An Index of Common Insects Harmful to Trees
An index of common harmful tree insects taken from the Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet (FIDL) Series, USDA Forest Service
Identify Common Hickory - Major Hickory Species...
Hickory is a prolific nut producer and major tree species in North America. Hickory is critical for healthy wildlife habitats and an important commercial wood product.
The most common Ash species in the United States.
Identify the Ash - The Important American Hardwoods - Fraxinus
Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
Tree Leaf Silhouette - Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
Maps displaying locations and conditions...
Current National Wildfire Maps and Condition Reports. The United State's Latest Fire Situation at a Glance - Maps, Reports and Forecasts
Moving a tree subjects the plant to biologic...
Trees that are moved and relocated are always in danger of transplant shock. Here are ways to limit the danger of harm to relocated trees.
Identify Common American Sycamore - The Major...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying sycamore or Platanus occidentalis. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
10 Trees Homeowners Regret Planting
There are both desirable and undesirable characteristics you need to consider before planting a tree in your yard. Here are 10 trees you may wish not to plant to avoid tree removal or landscape problems.
Trees need food, especially the first several...
Fertilizers are important to growing young trees. Find out when to apply, how to use and what fertilizers to buy.
Consider Planting Red Maple in Your Yard
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting red maple.
Best Trees to Plant on Your Street
The following best trees offer tolerance to compacted, infertile soils and the general environment found in cities and along streets. Best street and sidewalk trees are also considered to be the most adaptable of all trees to the urban environment.
Identify the Walnut
Identify the Walnut - The Important American Hardwoods - Juglans
Top Small Chainsaws Reviewed
Arbor Age magazine recommends six small saws for your potential purchase. Reviewer comments on the models along with a suggested retailed price.
Top 6 Portable Sawmills
Portable sawmill manufacturers with good products are thriving. Do-it-yourself sawmilling for lumber is on the rise. If you have the energy to saw your own, I have several favorite saw mills you need to look at.
Kill a Tree Without Chemicals
Trees can be killed and removed without herbicides or chemicals but extra time, patience, and understanding of tree anatomy is necessary.
Chainsaw FAQs
Here are answers to many questions asked by people planning to buy and operate a chainsaw. This Fequently Asked Questions page on chainsaw addresses the most common concerns about purchasing and maintaining a chainsaw.
White Oak, Red Oak, American Holly - Tree Leaf...
White Oak, Red Oak, American Holly - Tree Leaf Key
Can I Use Regular Motor Oil As My Chainsaw Bar...
Frequently asked question on using bar oil in your new chainsaw
Learn more about this strange but interesting...
Identify and manage the mysterious Monkey Puzzle tree and learn how unique the tree is. It has a broad range to grow but is native to just a small spot in South America.
Major North American Conifers
Common North American conifer trees, their ranges, their identifying descriptions and other trees in their associated habitat.
Common oaks further explained by biology and...
Things you need to know about oak trees in North America, including their forms, identification markers, name groups and regeneration.
The Catalpa Tree and Its Caterpillers
A catalpa tree is a beautiful tree, a wood product but is also a source of food for the fish-loving catalpa caterpillar.
Learn the Basics of Tree Structure
The shape of a leaf us unique to a tree. Use the tree leaf to make a positive tree identification.
Also called American linden, basswood important...
American Basswood, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
3 Common North American Elms
The Important American Hardwoods - The Elms - Ulmus
Use Anatomy to Identify Trees
Tree anatomy, including leaf shape and twig parts, helps you identify and name tree species. Knowing a tree's physiology will help with identification.
This brittle, soft tree with horrible traits...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying hackberry or Celtis occidentalis. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
Crank Starting a Chainsaw
Even a new chainsaw in good repair can be hard to start. Here are steps you can take to get a reliable chainsaw start every time.
How to Manage and ID Mimosa
How to Manage and ID Mimosa. Forestry.
Essential Red Maple Information
Here is essential information on selecting, growing, and managing red maple for the landscape.
Before You Buy - America's Favorite Chainsaw
Foresters, Rangers and Loggers Pick Their Favorite Chainsaw
Black Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Black Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
You have trees you need to sell. Here is what...
Here is a step by step guide on how to sell Timber, prepare for and make a timber sale and assure a smooth timber harvest.
Top 5 Chainsaw Mills
Chainsaw mills are inexpensive and very appealing for use where access is limited. Portable chainsaw mills usually run off a framework constructed around the log you cut. Most chainsaw mills require heavy-duty power heads on saws to effectively operate the mill. Special-purpose ripping chains and bars may be required and various accessories that are purchased as an extra item can help you cut specialty wood products. I have included one rip saw in the mix that offers similar characteristics.
The Juniper Tree
Things you need to know about juniper trees in North America
Know Your Trees With Needles
Coniferous or evergreen trees with needles.
Consider Planting Flowering Dogwood in Your Yard
Dogwood is one of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting flowering dogwood or Cornus florida.
Smokey's Snakes
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 8.
Problems with Leyland Cypresses
There are both desirable and undesirable characteristics you need to consider before planting a tree in your yard. Here are 10 trees you may wish not to plant to avoid tree removal.
Reconsider Planting Pin Oak in Your Yard
There are both desirable and undesirable characteristics you need to consider before planting a tree in your yard. Here are 10 trees you may wish not to plant to avoid tree removal.
How to Identify Leaf Shape, Margin, and Venation
Leaf structure and arrangement is unique to every tree species. Understanding a tree leaf's shape, arrangement, margin and venation is important to tree taxonomists.
Consider Planting an Oak in Your Yard
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting a red or white oak.
This ash-leaved maple is loved on tree-growing...
Boxelder is not a recommended tree to plant in your yard. Still it has many desirable qualities to keep it in the landscape including unique leaf and seed qualities and colorful cultivars.
How to Identify Cottonwoods
The Important American Hardwoods - Cottonwood - Salix
Cedars and Junipers - Tree Leaf Key
If tree foliage is a scale-like leaf, then you're probably dealing with a conifer or evergreen that is in the cedar or juniper family.
Consider Planting Tulip Poplar in Your Yard
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting yellow poplar or tulip tree.
Consider Planting River Birch in Your Yard
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting river birch.
Identify the Beech
Identify the Beech - The Important American Hardwoods - Fagus
The 5 Most Common Native Maples in North America
Maples are one of the most important American hardwood species. This tree species is in the genus Acer, loved in the landscape and a preferred wood for harvest.
Tree Wellness Quiz
  Tree Wellness Quiz Are you prepared to plant and rear a healthy tree?   << More Quizzes >>                        
Sycamore is one of my recommended trees to plant.
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting American sycamore.
Identify the Birch
Identify the Birch - The Important American Hardwoods - The Important Birch - Betula
A first-blush with forest ecosystems and...
A forest ecosystem is one major ecologic unit that exists as a part of the total complex ecological condition.
White Oak, A Common Tree in North America
White Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
The common diseased you will find on a hardwood...
I have compiled most common hardwood tree diseases and pathogens found on trees including oak maple elm ash hickory sycamore in the yard and forest. You can do a lot to prevent and control tree disease on species to include elm oak maple sycamore and ash. Here is how.
Thinking about selling your yard trees, then...
Many yard trees are for sale at the right price but buyers are hard to find. Here is the realistic approach to marketing trees for sale in the yard.
Be A Forester - Requirements and Training
What training can you expect before becoming a forester?
How to Identify Cedar Trees
Identify the Cedars - The Important American Conifers - The Most Important Cedars
How to Identify the Black Locust Tree
The Important American Hardwoods - Black Locust - Robinia pseudoacacia
Identify Basswood
The Important American Hardwoods - The Basswood - Tilia
Use Leyland Cypresses in Your Landscape
Managing Leyland Cypress trees including planting and pruning, landscape ideas and pests concerns.
Converting Units of Wood Measurement
Approximate Conversions of the Most Common Units of Wood Measure. Here is a list of common wood conversion factors foresters, loggers and timber owners need on occasion.
The Difference Between Spruce, Fir, and Hemlock
Coniferous trees that are spruce, fir, hemlock.
The Fall Webworm - Prevention and Control
Fall webworm is a caterpillar that builds obnoxious webs on trees you value. The web worm will not kill a tree but can reduce nut and fruit production. Here are ways to control the insect.
Estimate a Tree’s Age Without Cutting it...
There are ways to estimate a tree's age without cutting it or taking a core sample. Noninvasive measurements of any tree can get you an acceptable age estimate for forest-grown trees.
How to Identify American Ginseng
Here are tips and botanical markers used to identify American ginseng along with methods to age the plant.
Consider Planting Redbud in Your Yard
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting Redbud.
Black walnut has a fascinating history as a...
Description and Identification of Black Walnut
Butternut, A Common Tree in North America
Butternut, A Common Tree in North America
Measuring and Understanding Wood Volumes
Brief rules on measuring wood and their using weight, log scales and converting factors.
Eastern Hemlock, A Common Tree in North America
Eastern Hemlock, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Consider Planting an Elm in Your Yard
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting American or lacebark elm.
Prescriptions for Wounded Trees - Branch...
Tree wounds are caused by many agents but they can all be classified into three types, depending on location: branch wounds, trunk wounds, and root wounds.
Leaf Spot Tree Disease - Prevention and Control
I have compiled the most common hardwood tree diseases you might find in yard and forest. You can do a lot to prevent and control hardwood disease including leaf spot. Here is how.
All About The Royal Paulownia Tree
A royal paulownia tree guide and review; how to plant, grow and market the empress princess tree.
Tree Herbicide Application Methods
There are five ways to control trees using recommended chemical herbicides. Each technique demands different herbicide formulations and equipment.
'Chanticleer' Callery Pear - The Flowering Pears
Chanticleer callery pear was selected Urban Tree of the Year for 2005 as determined by responses to an annual survey in arborist magazine City Trees.
50 Most Common U.S. Tree Pests
Quick identification of 50 common conifer and evergreen tree pests of the North American forest.
Pin Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Pin Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
A tree burl is fascinating biology as well...
Burls are common hardwood and conifer diseases you might find in yard and forest. You can't do much to prevent a tree burl but there are ways to live with one. Here is how.
How Smokey Bear has saved millions of acres of...
The Smokey Bear concept has matured into a cottage industry of collectables and educational material on fire prevention.
Black Cherry, A Common Tree in North America
Black Cherry, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
The best and worst wood to use for firewood and...
Here are the best and worst firewood species for burning rated by BTUs and density.
An attempt to assign common characteristics to...
Understanding forest ecology is necessary before a forest ecosystem can be defined accurately. Forest ecosystems are hard to describe even when using modern tools and concepts.
Bur Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Bur Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
American Elm - 100 Most Common North American...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying American elm or Ulmus americana. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
Find Forestry Jobs
A quick summary of forestry jobs career and employment and what you might be doing as a forester or resource professional.
Identify Black Cherry
Identify Black Cherry - The Important American Hardwoods - Prunis serotina
Beautiful golden rain-tree is a traffic-stopper...
Golden rain-tree is an excellent landscape tree for warm climates. Learn the tree's habit and how to plant, prune and display as a yard specimen.
This aromatic and sturdy hedge plant is also...
Southern waxmyrtle or southern bayberry is a very prunable tree that has much value as a hedge and landscape specimen.
Herbicides Used to Control Woody Stem Plants
Herbicides are one tool used by foresters to improve the forest condition and to eliminate woody stem competition to both managed commercial and protected forests. Here are the herbicides used.
Post Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Post Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Here is what you need to know when buying an...
Things you need to consider when purchasing and operating an electric chainsaw.
Fig tree propagation and
Fig is the oldest fruit to be cultivated in ancient Jordan. The spreading tree is easily propagated by cuttings, grows a delicious and abundant fruit throughout the United States.
Reconsider Planting Mimosa in Your Yard
There are both desirable and undesirable characteristics you need to consider before planting a tree in your yard. Mimosa is one you may wish not to plant to avoid tree removal.
How To Water A Tree...
The basics on watering a tree and tips on when you have watered the tree too much.
Identify the Poplars
The Important American Hardwoods - The Poplars - Populus
Live Oak, Common Tree in North America
Quercus virginiana, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Top Online Tree Seedling Sources
Here is a review with links of the top 5 tree seedling sources online.
Northern red oak, true to its name is...
Northern Red Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
The most exceptional North American autumn tree...
The Kancamagus Scenic Byway in New Hampshire, one of the ten best views of autumn leaf foliage in North American forests.
Maps of Common United States Forest Cover Types...
The locations of broad types of forest cover by tree types according to frequency of occurrence in the native range.
Top 6 Tree Identification Guides Reviewed
The top tree field guides that make tree identification much easier.
Quick but thorough intro to common pin oak.
How to Manage and ID pin oak. Forestry.
Simple
The tree leaf and blade of hardwoods, needles with conifers, is a necessary term to know when identifying tree leaves.
There are several tricks you can use to prepare...
Black Walnuts in Husk Just Dropped from Tree
Leaf ScorchTree Disease - Prevention and Control
I have compiled the most common hardwood tree diseases you might find in yard and forest. You can do a lot to prevent and control hardwood disease including leaf scorch. Here is how.
Reasons why your tree nuts are dropping early.
There are times that nut bearing trees drop their nuts before they fully mature. Sometimes it can be a natural shedding of a portion of the nut crip. Other causes can be more problematic, including weather conditions, poor pollination, insects and disease.
Yellow Poplar - Identifying Yellow Poplar in...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying yellow poplar or Liriodendron tulipifera. Find out more about tulip tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
A Tree Leaf Identification Quiz
A Tree Leaf Identification Quiz on Common North American Trees
Portable Sawmills - What Should You Buy?
There are hundreds of companies selling portable sawmills and parts. Begin your mill purchase here.
How to Identify Trees in the Winter
Use this resource to Identify Dormant Trees with Buds and Twigs | Winter Tree Identification
Find out if your tree is a pine or a larch.
Coniferous trees that are pine or larch.
How to ID and Manage Persimmon
How to ID and Manage Persimmon. Forestry.
The Sycamore
The Important American Hardwoods - Sycamore - Platanus occidentalis
The Deadly Coniferous Tree Diseases
Here are conifer tree diseases that kill evergreen trees like pine spruce fir in great numbers. These hardwood tree diseases cause significant commercial and horticultural tree losses in North America
Leaf
The tree leaf of hardwoods, needles with conifers, is a necessary term to know when identifying tree leaves.
Southern Red Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Southern Red Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Aspen Tree - One of the 100 Most Common North...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying the aspen tree or Populus tremuloides. Find out more about the aspen tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
An Introduction to the Basswood Tree
American Basswood is a common but unique tree. Also called American linden, the basswood has grand properties including wood working, herbal and ecosystem benefits.
Growing a hickory or pecan from seed.
Collecting and preparing a pecan or hickory nut to grow from seed is relatively easy but needs to be done correctly. This resource shows you how to prepare and properly germinate a pecan or hickory nut.
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