Category Archives: Trees

Sweetgum Trees (Gumball Tree): Types, Leaves – Liquidamber Identification Guide (With Pictures)

Sweetgum Trees (Gumball Tree) liquidamber

Sweetgum trees (botanical name Liquidambar) are a species of large deciduous flowering trees with large lobed leaves, small globular flowers, and seed-containing spiky gumballs. Sweetgum trees are identified by their colorful lobed leaves that can be orange, red, yellow, or purple colors in the fall. The characteristic feature of many sweetgum varieties is their spiky balls measuring up to 2” (5 cm) across.

Linden Trees: Types, Leaves, Flowers, Bark – Identification (with Pictures)

Linden Trees: Types, Leaves, Flowers, Bark - Identification (with Pictures)

Linden trees (botanical name Tilia) are sizeable deciduous shade trees with large heart-shaped broadleaves and clusters of yellowish-white flowers. European linden trees are also called lime trees, and North American lindens are called basswood trees. Linden tree identification is by their thick furrowed trunks, horizontal branches, dense leafy foliage, and pyramidal growth habit.

Beech Trees: Types, Leaves, Bark — Identification Guide (Pictures)

Beech trees (botanical name Fagus) are tall deciduous shade trees with lime green ovate leaves, creating a dense, rounded crown. All varieties of beech trees produce small clusters of yellow-green flowers, followed by beech tree fruit or beechnuts. In the fall, beech tree foliage turns from green to beautiful autumn shades of orange, yellow, and golden brown. Beech trees are grown in large landscapes. The tall trees provide shade or are planted in rows to create privacy hedges or screens.

Small Flowering Trees with Name and Picture for Easy Identification (Pink, White, Red, Purple Flowers)

Small Flowering Trees

Small flowering trees are ideal for adding color and fragrance to garden landscapes where there’s limited space. Small and dwarf ornamental trees fill gardens with pink, red, purple, and white colors in spring and summer. Many types of trees for small gardens also provide shade, lush foliage, vibrant, colorful flowers, and attract wildlife. If you pick small fruit trees, you will also have an abundance of fruit throughout the summer.

Catalpa Tree: Types, Leaves, Flowers, Seed Pods (Including Catalpa Worms) – With Pictures

Catalpa trees are deciduous ornamental shade trees with large, heart-shaped leaves, white or yellow fragrant flowers, and long dangling seed pods. Trees in the genus Catalpa are native to North America. The two most common species are the southern catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides) and the northern catalpa (Catalpa speciosa). Catalpa trees are also the food source for catalpa worms.

Types of Hawthorn Trees With Their Flowers and Leaves (Including Mayhaw Trees) – With Pictures

Types of Hawthorn Trees

Hawthorn trees (Crataegus) are small fruit-bearing deciduous trees with thorny branches, dark green leaves, and clusters of small white pungent flowers. The fruit from hawthorn trees are small red pome fruits that look like clusters of miniature crabapples. Hawthorns are popular ornamental landscape trees that grow in confined spaces where there are poor soil and drainage.

Acacia Trees: Types, Leaves, Flowers, Thorns – Identification (With Pictures)

Acacia Trees Identification

Acacia trees and shrubs are an evergreen plant species with unique fern-like leaves and showy clusters of fragrant yellow or white fuzzy flowers. The unusual feature of feathery acacia leaves is that they are a type of modified stem or petiole. Acacias are fast-growing thorny trees and shrubs with many uses in a garden landscape.

Poplar Trees: Types, Bark, Leaves – Identification (With Pictures)

Poplar Trees: Types, Bark, Leaves - Identification

Poplar (Populus) trees are large deciduous trees with rounded to triangular leaves, attractive grayish bark, and small clusters of drooping flowers. Many poplar trees are identified by their bark’s color—white, gray, or black—and triangular, ovate leaves. The white poplar is the most common poplar tree and has white bark and white and green leaves that seem to ‘twinkle’ in gentle breezes. Some species of poplars also have a fresh balsam scent.

Birch Trees: Types, Leaves, Bark – Identification (With Images)

Birch trees (genus Betula) are flowering medium-sized deciduous trees with thin papery bark and egg-shaped pointed leaves. Birch trees have spectacular fall colors that can be golden yellow, vibrant orange, or fiery red. Common birch trees get their names from the bark’s distinctive colors, which can be white, silver, black, gray, or yellow.

Aspen Trees: Types, Leaves, Flowers (Including Quaking Aspen) – With Pictures

Aspen Trees: Types, Leaves, Flowers

Aspen trees are medium-sized deciduous trees with rough gray-white bark and large round leaves with toothed margins. The quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) and bigtooth aspen (Populus grandidentata) are the most common aspen trees in North America. Aspen trees have a unique spreading root system that produces new clone trees. You can find aspens growing as far north as Alaska and as far south as Mexico.