I studied plant geography in college. One of my favorite courses was the geography of North American plants, which included a hefty serving of tree identification. Since then, I can barely go on a walk without the urge to identify every tree that I walk under. I also have a love for tree and leaf-themed items on Etsy. Sometimes when searching for handmade items, I come across a lot of mis-identified species (oak leaves tagged as maples; acorns grouped with sycamore leaves, etc).
- Deciduous trees by leaf shape
- Deciduous tree seeds (most common)
- Deciduous tree bark (most common)
- Coniferous trees by needle type
- Coniferous trees by overall tree shape (most common)
- Oak leaves tend to have lobes
- They tend to have large gaps between the lobes
- Oak leaf lobes can be serrated or smooth
- They can have many lobes (20) or few lobes (5)
- They tend to be the last leaves to fall in the Autumn, and they don’t decompose well in the winter
- Oak leaves tend to turn brown in the Autumn very quickly
- Oak leaves tend to turn mostly red or brown in the Autumn
(keep their leaves (broadleaf or needle leaf) all year long
Tree identification tool.
Learn more about leaf and tree parts.
Learn which trees turn which color in the Autumn.
Learn more about particular species of trees.
Tree leaf identification quizzes.
Tree identification animation