What Tree is This?

Five trees

Can you identify these trees? The answers are at the end of this post.

How well do you know your trees? Can you identify the trees in the images above? Do you know where to start and what to look for?

When we get tree identification questions at the Home & Garden Information Center, we look not only at the leaves or needles but also the leaf arrangement along the branches, the size and shape of the tree, the bark, buds, and fruits too.

If you want to get better at tree identification, like most anything, it helps to have a good foundation and to practice. If you are interested in getting better at tree identification, you may be interested in the upcoming events we are sponsoring.

Beginning Native Tree Identification
Thursday, October 26 | 10-3:30pm
Eastern Shore Conservation Center | 114 S. Washington Street | Easton, MD 21601
Class fee: $20.00 for Master Gardeners or Master Naturalists | $30.00 for General Public
Learn more and register at https://begtreetalbot.eventbrite.com
Download the class flyer

Winter Native Tree Identification
Monday, December 4 | 10-3:30pm
University of Maryland Extension Carroll County office | 7000 Agriculture Center | Westminster, MD 21157
Class fee: $20.00 for Master Gardeners or Master Naturalists | $30.00 for General Public
Learn more and register at https://wintertreeid.eventbrite.com
Download the class flyer

If you can’t attend either event, but you’ve got tree identification questions, just send your pictures to our horticulturists using our online Ask an Expert service. We’re here to help you!

Tree Identification Answers
Top Left: Flowering Dogwood, Cornus florida
Top Right: American Holly, Ilex opaca
Bottom Left: Black Walnut, Juglans nigra
Bottom Middle: Chestnut Oak, Quercus prinus
Bottom Right: Tulip poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera

By Alicia F. Bembenek, Ph.D., Master Gardener Advanced Training Coordinator, University of Maryland Extension, Home & Garden Information Center

One Comment on “What Tree is This?

  1. dogwood, holly, walnut, oak and tulip tree; but I do not know the specie. I could figure it out if there are enough identifiers to key them out. The tulip tree is Liriodendron tuliperfera (there is only one choice there). The oak would be easy. The holly might be American holly, but we do not have that here. The black walnut actually looks like a California native, but it is probably from the East. If they were western trees, I could identify them.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: