New York Leaf Identifier

  • Beech
    Fagus grandifolia
    Wide spreading and deciduous, this tree has a short trunk with branches that generally touch the ground.
    Leaf: Wide spreading and deciduous, this tree has a short trunk with branches that generally touch the ground.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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