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New York Leaf Identifier

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American Beech
Fagus grandifolia

Wide spreading and deciduous, this tree has a short trunk with branches that generally touch the ground. LEAF: simple, serrated, alternate leaf arrangement. Fall color is bronze.

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Flowering Dogwood
Cornus florida

A small deciduous tree,the Flowering Dogwood is rounded to somewhat flat-topped with branches that approach horizontal. LEAF: opposite, simple, oval to ovate. Fall color is red or reddish-purple.

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American Hornbeam
Carpinus caroliniana

The Hornbeam is a multi-stemmed, deciduous large shrub or small tree. LEAF: simple, alternate leaf arrangement. Fall color is yellow, orange and red.

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Northern Red Oak
Quercus borealis

Easily identifiable is this largest of the black oak group; deciduous with upright spreading branches. LEAF: 7 to 11 bristle-tipped broad lobes. Fall color is russet-red, yellow and tan.

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American Mountain Ash
Sorbus americana

This small tree grows at higher elevations, preferring moist areas along riverbanks or in damp woods. LEAF: pinnately compound, alternately arranged. Fall color is yellow to orange to somewhat reddish.

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Quaking Aspen
Populus tremuloides

The continuous flutter of its flat, fan-like leaves, even in the gentlest breeze, is characteristic of this willow family member. LEAF: simple, alternate leaf arrangement. Fall color is yellow.


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American Sycamore
Planatus occidentalis

Wide spreading and deciduous, this tree has a short trunk with branches that generally touch the ground. LEAF: alternate, simple, 3 to 5 lobed margins. Fall color is yellow-orange.

 

 

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Red Maple
Acer rubrum

The Red Maple, a relatively fast-growing deciduous tree, becomes more spreading with age and is often one of the first trees to change color in autumn. LEAF: opposite, 3 or 5 lobed. Fall color is greenish yellow, vibrant scarlet or burgundy.


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Bitternut Hickory
Carya cordiformis

Growing to 100', the Bitternut's most outstanding features are its brown bark tinged with red and its yellow winter buds. LEAF: alternate leaf arrangement. Fall color is yellow to golden


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Sassafras
Sassafras albidum

A deciduous tree reaching 40 to 50 feet tall, the Sassafras may have three different types of leaves growing on a single branch. LEAF: entire or shaped like mittens. Fall color is yellow, orange and red.


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Black Cherry
Prunus serotina

The Black Cherry is a pyramidal to conical tree with pendulous branches. LEAF: simple leaf. Fall color is yellow to red.


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Sweet Birch
Betula lenta

A deciduous, medium shade tree, the Sweet Birch is a common forest tree. LEAF: heart shaped, broad and ovate. Fall color is golden yellow.

 
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Black Walnut
Juglans nigra

A large deciduous tree, the Black Walnut bears fruit which is prized by confectioners; its wood is sought after by furniture makers. LEAF: 15 to 23 slender leaflets on each stalk. Fall color is yellow.

 

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Sugar Maple
Acer saccharum

New York's official state tree is the Sugar Maple. In spring, it yields the sweetest sap for syrup and sugar, in summer, it's the perfect shade tree and in fall, it wears a heavy crown of yellow, orange and red leaves. LEAF: 5 taper-pointed lobes.

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Black Willow
Salix nigra

The willow is very common in this hemisphere and found mostly along the banks of lakes and streams. LEAF: lanceolate, serrated, alternate, simple. Fall color is bronze.

 
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Tuliptree
Liriodendron tulipifera

New York's Onondaga Indians called it "Ko-yen-ta-ka-ah-tas," "white tree" because of the creamy white grains in its bark. LEAF: tulip shape, alternate, deciduous. Fall color is
golden yellow, clear yellow.

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Common Hoptree
Ptelea trifoliata

A small, deciduous tree with a dense, rounded crown, the Hoptree can also be a large shrub. LEAF: pinnately, compound. Fall color is yellow-green.

 

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White Ash
Fraxinus americana

A member of the olive family, the White Ash is one of America's leading commercial hardwoods. LEAF: pinately compound, each leaf contains 5 to 9 leaflets. Fall color is yellowish, purple and burgundy overlay.

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Yellow Birch
Betula alleghaniensis

Very similar to the Sweet Birch, the Yellow Birch can reach up to 100 feet in the wild. LEAF: alternate, simple, elongated oval, doubly serrated. Fall color is yellow.


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White Poplar
Populus alba

A somewhat whitish-gray bark and broad spreading branches make this tree rather easy to identify at first glance. LEAF: alternate, simple, lobed, deciduous. Fall color is yellow.

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Common Horsechestnut
Aesculus hippocastanum

The Common Horsechestnut is a large, deciduous, flowering tree commonly growing to between 50 and 75 feet. The tree trunk is usually divided, forming a V-shape, with a dense, symmetrical crown. LEAF: opposite, palmately-compound with 7 leaflets. Fall color is yellow or brown.

 

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