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Wood Furniture Resources: Identifying that Tree

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Confidently identifying trees requires a good deal of knowledge to distinguish the characteristics of a particular genus of tree. Examining different tree parts will enable the searcher to identify the various trees located in the wild. A good starting point lies in identifying the tree type as deciduous or coniferous and whether the plant can be defined as a tree or shrub. Leaves are the next easiest way to narrow down the identification process. For instance, check to see if the leaves have an opposite or alternate arrangement between other plant genus. Other areas of the tree to consider include the bark, fruit, twig and form of the plant under examination. Seek out a competent reference guide to carry when identifying certain wildlife plants.

Identifying Deciduous Trees:

Close Up of Decidous Leaves
  • "Thornless" – An overall guide providing descriptions and images of a large deciduous tree known as the Gleditsia triacanthos
    , sub-genus "Thornless."
  • "Navajo" – A brief deciduous trees of the genus Salix matsudana 'Navajo," which stands between 20 to 70 feet tall and grows in six different climate zones.
  • "Freeman Maple" (PDF) – A short document covering the basic facts about the Freeman Maple tree, including its form, features, texture, habitat and alternate species that might be confused with the Acer x freemanii.
  • "Autumn Blaze Maple" – A short deciduous tree profile for the Acer freemanii 'Jeffrsred,' also known as the "Autumn Blaze Maple." It includes the plant characteristics, taxonomy, plant requirements, description, morphology, and adaptation.
  • "Norway Maple" – A plant profile covering the natural habitat, form, seasonal foliage, culture, landscape uses, liabilities and key features to the genus Acer platanoides, also known as the "Norway Maple."
  • "Columnar Maple" – A full tree record covering the sub-genus "Columnar Maple" of the deciduous tree genus Acer platanoides.
  • "Deborah Maple" – A brief plant profile of the genus Acer platanoides, otherwise known as the "Deborah Maple." It includes the plants pictures and identifiable characteristics.
  • "Red Maple" (PDF) – An extensive overview of the genus Acer rubrum L., otherwise known as the "Red Maple." This document includes information pertaining to the plant's habitat, climate, soils and topography, its life history, special uses, and genetics.
  • "Silver Maple" – An image directory related to the plant genus Acer saccharinum, otherwise known as the "Silver Maple.
  • Aceraceae Acer saccarum – A fact sheet addressing the genus Aceraceae Acer saccarum, otherwise known as the "Sugar Maple." It covers the plants characteristics and composition.
  • "Ohio buckeye" (PDF) – A short informative introduction to the plant genus Aesculus glabra, otherwise known as the "Ohio buckeye" deciduous tree. It covers key information and botanical characteristics.
  • "Horse-chestnut" – An extensive overview of the plant genus Aesculus hippocastanum, otherwise known as the "Horse-chestnut" deciduous tree.
  • "Paper birch" (PDF) – A brief summarization of the plant genus Betula papynifera, otherwise known as the "Paper birch" deciduous tree. This document contains segmented information addressing the tree's appearance, habitat, features, and its uses.
  • "Cut-leaf weeping birch" – A short plant overview including identifying characteristics and images to better actualize the wildlife discovery of the deciduous tree.
  • "Cottonwoods" (PDF) – A resource describing the various sub-genus species of Populus sargentii, otherwise known as the "Cottonwood" deciduous trees.
  • "Swamp White Oak" – A plant profile related to the genus Quercus bicolor, otherwise known as the "Swamp White Oak" deciduous tree. The provided information has segments addressing the tree's general description, characteristics, bloom information, distribution, growing conditions, benefits, and supplier directories for landscapers.
  • The Linden genus (Tilla) – A tree guide used to help identify an individual sub-genus of the Tilla cordate, otherwise known as the "Linden" deciduous tree.
  • "Honey locust, thornless" – A brief overview of the plant genus Gleditsia tricanthos inermis, including soil and topography, climate, fast growth rate, sun requirements, and cultural habitat.
  • "Green ash" (PDF) – An extensive plant profile of the genus Fraxinus pennsylvanica, otherwise known as the "Green ash" deciduous tree.
  • "Common hackberry" (PDF) – A factsheet addressing the plant characteristics of the genus Fraxinus pennsylvanica, otherwise known as the "Green ash" deciduous tree. This document includes information pertaining to the tree's description, habitat, features, and selected cultivars.

Identifying Coniferous Trees:

Close Up of Coniferous Leaves
  • "Alaskan Cedar" – A medium-sized evergreen tree standing 20 to 40 feet tall with a pyramidal form and dark, luscious foliage. The Alaskan Cedar have no white markings under the leaves, which makes it distinctive among other coniferous trees.
  • "Atlantic White Cedar" – An extensive factsheet describing the identifiable characteristics of the "Atlantic White Cedar," a native coniferous tree of New York and New England.
  • "Northern White Cedar" (arborvitae) – An extensive plant profile describing the "Northern White Cedar," a monoecious coniferous tree with a narrow, columnar crown.
  • "Bald cypress" (PDF) – An extensive overview on the genus Taxodium Distichum, otherwise known as the "Bald cypress" coniferous tree. This document contains information pertaining to the characteristics, features, and climate of the Bald cypress tree.
  • "Port-Orford Cedar" – A description detailing the attributes and role-playing of the conifer "Port-Orford Cedar," a native of the Elk River.
  • "Douglas Fir" – An extensive overview of the coniferous tree "Douglas Fir," a distinct species named after a Scottish physician and naturalist.
  • "Balsam Fir" – An evergreen tree from the pine family (Pinaceae). This factsheet includes leaf identification features and other information pertaining to the development of this magnificent conifer.
  • "California Red Fir" – A description card outlining the key features for identifying the "California Red Fir," a large, handsome fir with an open conical crown.
  • "Fraser Fir" – An extensive plant profile detailing the identifying features of the coniferous tree "Fraser Fir," not to be confused with the "Balsam fir."
  • "Grand Fir" – A thorough overview of the conifer "Grand Fir," a tall tree that can grow upwards to 80 meters.
  • "Noble Fir" (PDF) – An intensive look at the "Noble Fir," a conifer native to Washington State and restricted to the south Cascades.
  • "Western Hemlock" – A brief description of the conifer "Wester Hemlock," a native coniferous tree of Washington State characterized by single, linear, and spirally arranged leaves.
  • "Eastern Larch" – A brief description, features and images that help identify the "Eastern Larch," a pyramidal conifer with drooping branches and somewhat open.
  • "Eastern White Pine" (PDF) – An extensive overview of the coniferous tree "Easter White Pine," a native of Ontario, Canada and was the basis of Canada's forest industry.
  • "Loblolly Pine" – A bay field guide profiling the "Loblolly Pine," a coniferous tree that can grow upwards of 100 feet.
  • "Red Pine" – A brief overview of the conifer "Red Pine," a monoecious evergreen with needles that grow upwards to 6 inches long.
  • George Nelson – George Nelson was an American writer, architect, and designer from Oklahoma. George was born in 1908, and was one of American Modernism’s founders.
  • "Sugar Pine" (PDF) – A tree identification guide covering the "Sugar Pine" coniferous tree and other species native to the Sequoia National Forest.
  • "Eastern Red Center" – A thorough overview of the conifer "Easter Red Cedar," the only evergreen tree in the state of Kansas.
  • "Dawn Redwood" – An image database covering the coniferous tree "Dawn Redwood."
  • "Black Hills Spruce" (PDF) – An in-depth overview of the tree "Black Hills Spruce," a large, very dense, pyramidal-shaped native conifer of South Dakota.
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