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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.
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.
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.
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.
Tree Leaf Margins - Toothed and Entire - Tree...
Trees with Leaf Margins that may be entire or toothed.
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.
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.
10 Best Trees for Your Yard
Here are ten of the best, most popular and important trees to consider planting in your yard.
Know the difference between the similar...
Hickory, Ash, Walnut and Pecan - Tree Leaf Key
The common hardwood leaves with teeth.
Black Willow, Elm, Birch, Black Cherry, Beech and Basswood - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Compound Leaves - 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.
Unlobed leaves that are smooth around the...
Magnolia, Persimmon, Dogwood, Blackgum, Water and Live Oak - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree...
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Here are all the tree leaves similar to maple.
Maple, Sycamore, Yellow-poplar, Sweetgum - Tree Leaf Key
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.
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 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.
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.
Balanced Lobed Hardwood Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Hardwood trees with balanced palmate and pinnate lobes.
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.
What Fall Colors Do Different Trees Make?
Deciduous trees have unique autumn leaf colors and specific to every species. The primary leaf colors of a leaf is determined by the annual loss of green photosynthesis processes and the return of real colors - anthocyanins (red) and carotenoids (yellow and orange). Find out more about leaf colors by tree species.
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.
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.
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 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.
Know Your Trees With Needles
Coniferous or evergreen trees with needles.
The most common Ash species in the United States.
Identify the Ash - The Important American Hardwoods - Fraxinus
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.
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.
Best Fall Foliage Web Cams
Here are the best fall tree foliage and autumn color web cams. Using webcams you can follow the fall color and autumn leaf wave through North America.
White Oak, Red Oak, American Holly - Tree Leaf...
White Oak, Red Oak, American Holly - 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.
3 Common North American Elms
The Important American Hardwoods - The Elms - Ulmus
Black Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Black Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
There are several tricks you can use to prepare...
Black Walnuts in Husk Just Dropped from Tree
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.
Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
Tree Leaf Silhouette - Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
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
Identify the Birch
Identify the Birch - The Important American Hardwoods - The Important Birch - Betula
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 the Walnut
Identify the Walnut - The Important American Hardwoods - Juglans
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.
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.
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.
Major North American Conifers
Common North American conifer trees, their ranges, their identifying descriptions and other trees in their associated habitat.
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.
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.
Identify the Beech
Identify the Beech - The Important American Hardwoods - Fagus
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.
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.
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.
Also called American linden, basswood important...
American Basswood, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
How to Identify Cottonwoods
The Important American Hardwoods - Cottonwood - Salix
How To Make a Wax Paper Leaf Pressing
Make a leaf pressing from wax paper for a tree leaf collection
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.
11 tree species in fall color, ranked from...
Aspens make a beautiful early fall display and grows on millions of acres west of the Mississippi.
Can I Use Regular Motor Oil As My Chainsaw Bar...
Frequently asked question on using bar oil in your new chainsaw
Smokey Bear's Tree Leaf Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 2.
Bur Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Bur Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
A one stop spot to help you with Autumn leaf...
A complete information guide on all aspects of fall color and the autumn leaf season. You will find where to view tree leaf colors, how trees change colors, photos of leaf color by species and how to predict the coming fall viewing season.
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.
Find out if your tree is a pine or a larch.
Coniferous trees that are pine or larch.
Identify the Poplars
The Important American Hardwoods - The Poplars - Populus
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.
The Difference Between Spruce, Fir, and Hemlock
Coniferous trees that are spruce, fir, hemlock.
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.
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.
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
Leaf
The tree leaf of hardwoods, needles with conifers, is a necessary term to know when identifying tree leaves.
A list of the most popular Christmas Trees in...
The 10 top Christmas trees selected and ranked by voter popularity. Find out which tree species are the most popular Christmas trees in North America.
Sugar Maple or Acer Saccharum, The 100 Most...
Sugar Maple or Acer Saccharum, A 100 Most Common Tree in North America
White Oak, A Common Tree in North America
White 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.
How to Identify Cedar Trees
Identify the Cedars - The Important American Conifers - The Most Important Cedars
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.
Identify Basswood
The Important American Hardwoods - The Basswood - Tilia
The Sycamore
The Important American Hardwoods - Sycamore - Platanus occidentalis
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.
Pin oak, often covered with dead branches, is...
Pin Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
The Juniper Tree
Things you need to know about juniper trees in North America
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.
Live Oak, Common Tree in North America
Quercus virginiana, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Identify the Magnolias
The Important American Hardwoods - The Magnolias - Magnolia
Before You Buy - America's Favorite Chainsaw
Foresters, Rangers and Loggers Pick Their Favorite Chainsaw
How to ID and Manage Persimmon
How to ID and Manage Persimmon. Forestry.
A Tree Leaf Identification Quiz
A Tree Leaf Identification Quiz on Common North American Trees
Black walnut has a fascinating history as a...
Description and Identification of Black Walnut
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.
Northern red oak, true to its name is...
Northern Red Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Smokey's Snakes
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 8.
Essential Red Maple Information
Here is essential information on selecting, growing, and managing red maple for the landscape.
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.
Silver Maple - 100 Most Common North American...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying silver maple or Acer saccharinum. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
Post Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Post Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
Flowering Dogwood - 100 Most Common Trees
Flowering Dogwood or Cornus florida: dogwood anthracnose dogwood branch flowering dogwood vt dendrology sure what kind
Southern Red Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Southern Red Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Smokey Bear's Wildflowers Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 3.
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.
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.
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.
How to Identify the Black Locust Tree
The Important American Hardwoods - Black Locust - Robinia pseudoacacia
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.
Butternut, A Common Tree in North America
Butternut, A Common Tree in North America
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.
Eastern Hemlock, A Common Tree in North America
Eastern Hemlock, A Top 100 Common Tree in North 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.
Laurel Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Laurel Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
What Wood Burns the Best?
You will get the best results and more heat per wood volume when burning the highest density (heaviest) wood you can find. Dense firewood will produce the
Identify Black Cherry
Identify Black Cherry - The Important American Hardwoods - Prunis serotina
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.
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.
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 Yellow Poplar (tulip tree)
Identify Yellow Poplar - The Important American Hardwoods - Tulip Tree - Liriodendron tulipifera
Smokey's Insects
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 9.
Black Willow, A Common Tree in North America
Black Willow, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Aspen Tree - One of the 100 Most Common North...
The Natural Range of Aspen tree. Forestry. Page 3.
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.
Identify the Sweetgum
The Important American Hardwoods - Sweetgum - Liquidambar styraciflua
Shagbark Hickory, A Common Tree in North America
Shagbark Hickory, Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
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.
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.
American Beech, A Common Tree in North America
Fagus grandifolia, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
All About The Royal Paulownia Tree
A royal paulownia tree guide and review; how to plant, grow and market the empress princess tree.
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.
Cherrybark Oak - A Top 100 North American Tree
Quercus falcata var. pagodifolia cherrybark oak Cherrybark oak makes quality wood that is used for furniture
Bigleaf Maple, A Common Tree in North America
Acer macrophyllum, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Identify Sassafras
Sassafras, or Sassafras albidum, is easily identified by root aroma and by leaf shapes.
Chinkquapin, is a small southern tree ignored...
The common chinkapin, a nut-bearing relative of American chestut, is highly prized as a prolific seed producer of edible and tasty nuts. The tree is also very valuable to breeders in developing blight resistant chestnuts.
Willow Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Willow Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
What Causes Wildfires?
Here is a history of natural wildfire's beginning and chemistry necessary for combustion. Included are the common causes of forest fires and how they spread.
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.
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.
Quick but thorough intro to common pin oak.
How to Manage and ID pin oak. Forestry.
Blackgum - 100 Most Common Trees
Blackgum or Nyssa sylvatica: national register of big trees vt dendrology forest products lab latin genus technical fact sheet
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.
Be A Forester - Requirements and Training
What training can you expect before becoming a forester?
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.
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.
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.
Shellbark Hickory, A Common Tree in North America
Shellbark Hickory , A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
5 tree farms that will deliver Christmas trees...
The most popular Christmas tree dealers selling fresh mail order trees online.
Rock elm is a quality wood product and abundant...
Rock Elm is found throughout the north mid-western region of North America. A town in Wisconsin was named for the tree.
Bitternut Hickory, A Common Tree in North America
Bitternut Hickory, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Scarlet Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North...
Scarlet Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Before You Buy - America's Favorite Chainsaws
Foresters, Rangers and Loggers Pick Their Favorite Chainsaw
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