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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tree Leaf Margins - Toothed and Entire - Tree...
Trees with Leaf Margins that may be entire or toothed.
Hickory, Ash, Walnut and Pecan - Tree Leaf Key
Hickory, Ash, Walnut and Pecan - Tree Leaf Key
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.
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
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.
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.
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.
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree...
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
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.
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.
Unlobed leaves that are smooth around the...
Magnolia, Persimmon, Dogwood, Blackgum, Water and Live Oak - Tree Leaf Key
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Balanced Lobed Hardwood Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Hardwood trees with balanced palmate and pinnate lobes.
Major North American Conifers
Common North American conifer trees, their ranges, their identifying descriptions and other trees in their associated habitat.
The most common Ash species in the United States.
Identify the Ash - The Important American Hardwoods - Fraxinus
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 Common North American Elms
The Important American Hardwoods - The Elms - Ulmus
How to Identify American Ginseng
Here are tips and botanical markers used to identify American ginseng along with methods to age the plant.
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.
Know Your Trees With Needles
Coniferous or evergreen trees with needles.
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.
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.
Smokey's Snakes
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 8.
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.
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.
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.
Identify the Walnut
Identify the Walnut - The Important American Hardwoods - Juglans
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.
Black Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Black Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
The Catalpa Tree and Its Caterpillers
Fishing with Catalpa Worms. Forestry. Page 7.
White Oak, Red Oak, American Holly - Tree Leaf...
White Oak, Red Oak, American Holly - Tree Leaf Key
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Identify Cottonwoods
The Important American Hardwoods - Cottonwood - Salix
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.
Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
Tree Leaf Silhouette - Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can I Use Regular Motor Oil As My Chainsaw Bar...
Frequently asked question on using bar oil in your new chainsaw
Also called American linden, basswood important...
American Basswood, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Essential Red Maple Information
Here is essential information on selecting, growing, and managing red maple for the landscape.
Killing unwanted woody-stemmed plants.
There are five ways to control trees using recommended chemical herbicides. Each technique demands different herbicide formulations and equipment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Cedar Trees
Identify the Cedars - The Important American Conifers - The Most Important Cedars
The Juniper Tree
Things you need to know about juniper trees in North America
Before You Buy - America's Favorite Chainsaw
Foresters, Rangers and Loggers Pick Their Favorite Chainsaw
White Oak, A Common Tree in North America
White Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Identify the Beech
Identify the Beech - The Important American Hardwoods - Fagus
How to Manage and ID Mimosa
How to Manage and ID Mimosa. Forestry.
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
Use Leyland Cypresses in Your Landscape
Managing Leyland Cypress trees including planting and pruning, landscape ideas and pests concerns.
Pruning a damaged conifer depends on species...
Proper pruning of conifers after storm damage can result in saving a prize specimen or favorite tree. It will take individual care that includes pruning correctly.
Identify Basswood
The Important American Hardwoods - The Basswood - Tilia
How to Identify the Black Locust Tree
The Important American Hardwoods - Black Locust - Robinia pseudoacacia
Tree Wellness Quiz
  Tree Wellness Quiz Are you prepared to plant and rear a healthy tree?   << More Quizzes >>                        
Be A Forester - Requirements and Training
What training can you expect before becoming a forester?
Consider Planting Redbud in Your Yard
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting Redbud.
The Difference Between Spruce, Fir, and Hemlock
Coniferous trees that are spruce, fir, hemlock.
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.
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.
Measuring and Understanding Wood Volumes
Brief rules on measuring wood and their using weight, log scales and converting factors.
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.
Identify the Poplars
The Important American Hardwoods - The Poplars - Populus
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.
Bur Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Bur 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.
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.
Black walnut has a fascinating history as a...
Description and Identification of Black Walnut
Eastern Hemlock, A Common Tree in North America
Eastern Hemlock, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Pin Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Pin Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Butternut, A Common Tree in North America
Butternut, A Common Tree in North America
All About The Royal Paulownia Tree
A royal paulownia tree guide and review; how to plant, grow and market the empress princess tree.
A Tree Leaf Identification Quiz
A Tree Leaf Identification Quiz on Common North American Trees
Find out if your tree is a pine or a larch.
Coniferous trees that are pine or larch.
'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.
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.
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 best and worst wood to use for firewood and...
Here are the best and worst firewood species for burning rated by BTUs and density.
Black Cherry, A Common Tree in North America
Black Cherry, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Live Oak, Common Tree in North America
Quercus virginiana, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Post Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Post Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
The Sycamore
The Important American Hardwoods - Sycamore - Platanus occidentalis
50 Most Common U.S. Tree Pests
Quick identification of 50 common conifer and evergreen tree pests of the North American forest.
Northern red oak, true to its name is...
Northern 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.
How to ID and Manage Persimmon
How to ID and Manage Persimmon. Forestry.
Consider Planting American Holly in Your Yard
Consider planting American holly. I've picked Ilex Opaca as one of the ten best trees you can plant in your yard.
Southern Red Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Southern Red Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Start your tree leaf collection and tips on...
Nearly every one attempts to build a tree leaf collection, either at school or work, for both study and exhibition. Here are my tips and suggestions toward making a plant leaf collection including building a leaf press.
Find Forestry Jobs
A quick summary of forestry jobs career and employment and what you might be doing as a forester or resource professional.
Here is what you need to know when buying an...
The right extension cord, bar maintenance and storage is important for when operating an electric chainsaw. How to buy and operate your new saw.
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.
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.
Quick but thorough intro to common pin oak.
How to Manage and ID pin oak. Forestry.
Leaf
The tree leaf of hardwoods, needles with conifers, is a necessary term to know when identifying tree leaves.
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.
There are several tricks you can use to prepare...
Black Walnuts in Husk Just Dropped from Tree
Identify the Magnolias
The Important American Hardwoods - The Magnolias - Magnolia
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.
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.
Top 6 Tree Identification Guides Reviewed
The top tree field guides that make tree identification much easier.
Laurel Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Laurel Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Eastern White Pine, the only 5-needled pine in...
Eastern White Pine is a common forest tree in higher elevations of eastern North American forests.
Best conifers to plant by region of the United...
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting A conifer.
Flowering Dogwood - 100 Most Common Trees
Flowering Dogwood or Cornus florida: dogwood anthracnose dogwood branch flowering dogwood vt dendrology sure what kind
Red Maple - 100 Most Common North American Trees
A walk-through description and guide to identifying red maple or Acer rubrum. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
10 Bad Things You Should Not Do to Trees
The ten most harmful things you can do to a tree you are growing. Listed in order of the most common problems. First: Staking and mulching. Page 1 of 10.
Before You Buy - America's Favorite Chainsaws
Foresters, Rangers and Loggers Pick Their Favorite Chainsaw
The major differences in hardwood and conifer...
How to identify a hardwood tree versus the identification of softwood trees. Here are some differences between hardwood trees and softwood trees.
American Beech, A Common Tree in North America
Fagus grandifolia, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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