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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 Common U.S. Hardwood Trees...
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.
The best 10 tree species for planting in large...
Here are ten of the best, most popular and important trees to consider planting in your yard.
Identify common U.S. trees with simple leaves.
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.
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.
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.
Know the difference between the similar...
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.
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
The common hardwood leaves with teeth.
Black Willow, Elm, Birch, Black Cherry, Beech and Basswood - 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.
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
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.
Unlobed leaves that are smooth around the...
Magnolia, Persimmon, Dogwood, Blackgum, Water and Live Oak - Tree Leaf Key
Here are all the tree leaves similar to maple.
Maple, Sycamore, Yellow-poplar, Sweetgum - Tree Leaf Key
Find balanced and uneven 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.
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.
The most common Ash species in the United States.
Identify the Ash - The Important American Hardwoods - Fraxinus
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.
Balanced Lobed Hardwood Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Hardwood trees with balanced palmate and pinnate lobes.
Here are the common North American hickory...
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 Common North American Elms
The Important American Hardwoods - The Elms - Ulmus
Know Your Trees With Needles
Coniferous or evergreen trees with needles.
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.
The most common forest insect pests in North...
An index of common harmful tree insects taken from the Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet (FIDL) Series, USDA Forest Service
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.
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.
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.
Smokey's Snakes
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 8.
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.
Think again before using old motor oil as a...
Frequently asked question on using bar oil in your new chainsaw
The identification characteristics of black...
Identify the Walnut - The Important American Hardwoods - Juglans
Know your common North American junipers.
The common Juniper, is a species in the genus Juniperus, in the family Cupressaceae. It has one of the largest ranges of woody plants in the World.
Smokey's Insects
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 9.
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.
The trees that cause allergy, the trees that...
Tree allergies caused by pollen can be crippling. Here are pollen producing trees you need to avoid and the trees you can live next to...
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.
Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
Tree Leaf Silhouette - Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
How to Identify Cottonwoods
The Important American Hardwoods - Cottonwood - Salix
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.
Smokey Bear's Tree Leaf Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 2.
Here is the difference between oak and holly.
White Oak, Red Oak, American Holly - Tree Leaf Key
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.
Red Maple is a popular tree to plant.
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting red maple.
Understanding the North American cedars and...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Birch is a common tree and favorite in the...
Identify the Birch - The Important American Hardwoods - The Important Birch - Betula
Tree Wellness Quiz
  Tree Wellness Quiz Are you prepared to plant and rear a healthy tree?   << More Quizzes >>                        
Dogwood is a favorite tree and works well for...
Dogwood is one of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting flowering dogwood or Cornus florida.
Also called American linden, basswood important...
American Basswood, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
How to Identify Cedar Trees
Identify the Cedars - The Important American Conifers - The Most Important Cedars
Black oak is not popularly planted but...
Black Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
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.
Major North American Conifers
Common North American conifer trees, their ranges, their identifying descriptions and other trees in their associated habitat.
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.
True poplars are a blessing in tree deprived...
The Important American Hardwoods - The Poplars - Populus
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.
Only plant pin oak if you have enough room.
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.
Yellow poplar is an excellent tree for forest...
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting yellow poplar or tulip tree.
Redbud can me messy but still a keeper in the...
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting Redbud.
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.
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.
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.
It takes work to entirely kill some trees...
Trees can be killed and removed without herbicides or chemicals but extra time, patience, and understanding of tree anatomy is necessary.
Smokey Bear's Wildflowers Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 3.
There is only one native beech in North...
Identify the Beech - The Important American Hardwoods - Fagus
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.
Basswood is a unique soft hardwood but not so...
The Important American Hardwoods - The Basswood - Tilia
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.
Leaf
The tree leaf of hardwoods, needles with conifers, is a necessary term to know when identifying tree leaves.
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.
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.
How to Identify the Black Locust Tree
The Important American Hardwoods - Black Locust - Robinia pseudoacacia
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.
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.
Oaks are one of the most popular yard tree in...
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting a red or white oak.
Adopted as the U.S. Southern tree, it graces...
The Important American Hardwoods - The Magnolias - Magnolia
River birch cultivars are recommended in the...
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting river birch.
Find out if your tree is a pine or a larch.
Coniferous trees that are pine or larch.
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.
The Difference Between Spruce, Fir, and Hemlock
Coniferous trees that are spruce, fir, hemlock.
USDA Plant and Tree Hardiness Zone Map
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Forestry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use Leyland Cypresses Carefully in Your Landscape
Managing Leyland Cypress trees are beautiful but need proper planting and pruning, careful landscape considerations and have certain pest concerns.
A brief but concise report on Japanese maple.
How to Manage and ID Japanese Maple
What is the best tree for me to plant in my yard?
Frequently asked questions on planting and best trees to plant.
'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.
Persimmon is one of the most common forest...
How to ID and Manage Persimmon. Forestry.
The most commercially important native cherry...
Identify Black Cherry - The Important American Hardwoods - Prunis serotina
White oak is a major timber tree and landscapin...
White Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Black walnut has a fascinating history as a...
Description and Identification of Black Walnut
Spanish moss, a symbol of the "old" South and...
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Red maple and cultivars are eagerly planted in...
Here is essential information on selecting, growing, and managing red maple for the landscape.
The massive and beautiful sycamore, a forest...
The Important American Hardwoods - Sycamore - Platanus occidentalis
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.
Woodpeckers peck bark for food but trees can...
Woodpecker and Sapsucker Tree Problems - How to Control Woodpecker Damage
American elm is subject to DED but there is an...
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting American or lacebark elm.
Bur Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Bur Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Black Willow, A Common Tree in North America
Black Willow, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Pin oak, often covered with dead branches, is...
Pin Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Red Maple - 100 Most Common North American Trees
Insects and Diseases of Red Maple. Page 5.
The most common and damaging tree pests in...
Quick identification of 50 common conifer and evergreen tree pests of the North American forest.
Green ash is the most widely distributed of all...
Green Ash is one of 2 most common ash trees in North America. Green ash looks very much like white ash but can be identified by looking at the leaf scar.
Anatomy of a Tree Leaf
Botanical parts of a leaf. Use these leaf parts and markers to make a positive tree identification.
Live Oak, Common Tree in North America
Quercus virginiana, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
Silver Maple - 100 Most Common North American...
Insects and Diseases of Silver Maple. Page 5.
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.
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.
Willow Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Willow Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Eastern Cottonwood, A Top 100 Common Tree in...
Eastern Cottonwood, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Don't stake a tree until you read these...
Tree staking is never done with the intention of harming a tree but can be devastating to future tree health.
Flowering Dogwood - 100 Most Common Trees
Flowering Dogwood or Cornus florida: dogwood anthracnose dogwood branch flowering dogwood vt dendrology sure what kind
How To Correctly Transplant a Tree Seedling
Here are methods you can use to transplant natural and containerized tree seedlings. Learn how to move a tree seedling or sapling.
Maps of where tree species are naturally most...
The locations of broad types of forest cover by tree types according to frequency of occurrence in the native range.
Smokey's Fungi
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 10.
Butternut fruit is a smaller version of the...
Butternut, A Common Tree in North America
Quick but thorough intro to common pin oak.
How to Manage and ID pin oak. Forestry.
Aspen Tree - One of the 100 Most Common North...
Description and Identification of Aspen tree. Page 2.
Tree wounds are the first stage in mature tree...
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.
A wildlife mast producing oak in the deep South
Laurel Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
Post oak is a blessing to the prairie states.
Post Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Killing unwanted woody-stemmed plants.
There are five ways to control trees using recommended chemical herbicides. Each technique demands different herbicide formulations and equipment.
Top 6 Tree Identification Guides Reviewed
The top tree field guides that make tree identification much easier.
The most common herbicides used for woody plant...
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.
The worthy Eastern Hemlock, its beauty and its...
Eastern Hemlock, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
The beautiful sugar maple is backbone of maple...
Sugar Maple or Acer Saccharum, A 100 Most Common Tree in North America
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.
Pecan, A Common Tree in North America
Pecan is a popular tree used for furniture, exhibited in the landscape and produces a valuable orchard nut.
Sweetgum is a common forest and landscape tree...
The Important American Hardwoods - Sweetgum - Liquidambar styraciflua
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.
The beautiful Mimosa is messy, short-lived and...
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.
Central Park South - A Photo Tour of Common...
New York's Central Park was the first landscaped park in America. Here is a walking photo tour visiting ten most common trees in Central Park South. Page 9.
Trees need pruning for 3 reasons you might not...
Pruning a tree will produce strong, healthy, attractive plants. Here is a tutorial and illustrated guide on how, why and when to prune a tree - plus a few simple pruning tips.
Northern red oak, true to its name is...
Northern Red Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
The white ash is North America's largest ash...
White Ash is one of 2 most common ash trees in North America. White ash looks very much like green ash but can be identified by looking at the leaf scar.

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