Category Archives: Trees

Hazel Trees and Shrubs: Types, Leaves, Bark, Nuts (Pictures) – Identification Guide

Hazel is a group of large deciduous multi-stemmed shrubs or trees that produce tasty round hazelnuts. Hazel trees and shrubs are identified by their rounded leaves with toothed margins, dangling cylindrical flower clusters, and smooth brown bark. The common hazel (Corylus avellana) is the type of tree producing the most hazelnuts. The American hazelnut (Corylus americana) is a large flowering shrub that also produces edible nuts.

Live Oak Tree: Leaves, Bark, Fruit (Acorn): Pictures, Identification and Growing Guide 

Live Oak Tree

The live oak tree is an impressive evergreen tree with sprawling branches, leathery lanceolate leaves, and dark brown or black egg-shaped acorns. Live oak trees grow rapidly, and they are beautiful specimens or shade trees for any landscape. Once established, live oaks are easy to care for and adapt well to most soil types. Under ideal conditions, live oak trees can grow for hundreds of years.

Red Oak Tree: Leaves, Bark, Acorns (With Pictures) – Identification and Care Guide

Red Oak Tree Identification

A red oak tree is a fast-growing deciduous tree with dark green lobed leaves with bristle tips, pale green catkins (flower clusters), and a broad-spreading irregular crown. Red oak trees are famed for their spectacular fall colors in vibrant shades of red, burgundy, copper, and bronze. Like all oak species, the red oak produces acorns—rounded brownish nuts hanging in warty caps.

Types of Acorns (With Pictures) – Identification Guide For Oaks By Acorns

Types of Acorns - identification

An acorn or oaknut is the nut of the oak trees. Each acorn contains one or two oak seeds and it is enclosed in a tough protective shell. Acorns have a distinctive oval shape with a scaly or warty cap called a cupule. The edible acorns usually take between 6 to 24 months to mature.

Sourwood Tree (Oxydendrum arboreum): Leaves, Bark, Flowers – Identification Guide (With Pictures)

Sourwood Tree identification and care

The sourwood tree is an ornamental deciduous small tree famous for its white flowers, lanceolate leaves, gray-brown patterned bark, and red fall leaves. The attractive features of a sourwood tree are its pretty urn-shaped white flower clusters (panicles), stunning foliage that turns shades of crimson-red to reddish-purple color in the fall, and attractive red-brown bark. Sourwood is a beautiful decorative tree suitable for growing in full sun to partial shade in residential garden landscapes.

White Oak Tree: Leaves, Bark, Fruit (Acorn) (Picture) – Identification

White Oak Tree Identification

White oak tree is a majestic, deciduous tree identified by rounded-lobed leaves, red or pale green clusters of flowers (catkins), and small brown acorns. White oak trees are typically slow-growing large trees with a wide, spreading rounded crown. The large canopy of the oak tree makes it a beautiful shade tree for open landscapes and parks. White oaks are also easy to propagate from acorns or saplings, and their slow growth means you can plant one in a large backyard.

Eastern Red Cedar Tree With Pictures and Identification

Eastern Red Cedar Tree Identification

The eastern red cedar is an evergreen tree with scale-like leaves, small yellow flowers, and blue berry-like cones. The medium-sized coniferous tree is common throughout North America. The red cedar is identified by its reddish-brown bark, blueish-green leaves that turn bronze in winter, and columnar or pyramidal shape. Apart from being a tall specimen tree, easter red cedars are popular as evergreen hedge plants due to their dense foliage.

Horse Chestnut Tree: Leaves, Flowers, Bark (Pictures) – Identification

Horse Chestnut Tree

Horse chestnut is a large deciduous tree with spiky green balls containing a large, oval brown seed like the nuts (seeds) from a buckeye tree. A horse chestnut tree is easy to identify in the landscape due to its large, rounded leaves, white-pinkish flowers growing in conical clusters, domed crown, and tall stature. Although too large for most gardens, horse chestnut trees are popular in parks and streets.

Laurel Tree (Sweet Bay): Leaves, Flowers, Fruit (Pictures) – Identification Guide

laurel tree (Laurus nobilis)

The laurel tree is an evergreen shrub-like tree with aromatic, dark-green, lance-shaped leaves, clusters of pale-yellow flowers, and small black berries.  Also called sweet bay, the bushy plant thrives in warm climates as a small tree, potted shrub, or evergreen hedge. This bushy shrub is easy to grow and makes a great addition to a garden landscape or container garden.

London Plane Tree: Leaves, Bark, Flowers (Pictures) – Identification Guide

A London plane tree (Platanus x acerifolia) is a species of deciduous tree native to Europe and Asia. The London plane tree is identified by its distinctive shape, with a broad trunk topped by a large crown of branches. The London plane has dark green leaves like maple leaves, consisting of several pointed lobes. The flowers appear in spring, followed by small green spiky fruits, which ripen into dense clusters of seeds.