How to Identify Trees

When you want to know what kind of tree you have before you, the first thing to do is look at their leaves.

But be careful, because there are trees that are very similar, for example, the sheet of Poplar can be easily confused with that of the birch. On the other hand, many trees lose their leaves in winter, so you should always use at least one other characteristic that may be his outward form, the bark of the trunk, crown shape, flowers, fruits or outbreaks.

Trees as their leaves can be divided into three groups:

  • Broad bladed
  • Conifers
  • Palms

Many broadleaf trees lose their leaves in winter. Others, like Birch, Laurel or Oak are evergreen, that is, retain their leaves throughout the year.

Most conifers have leaves narrow, needle-like or scaly. They are always evergreen.

The color and shape of the cortex are other important aspects to differentiate trees. Sometimes, you can recognize a tree by looking bark. They are usually distinguished:

  • Type of grooves smooth, vertical or horizontal.
  • How to discard: a strip or in pieces.

One of the most visible features of the trees is their size. If you have a single trunk that branches at some distance from the ground, then is said to have a bearing tree (which is commonly called a tree). If, however, has several trunks and from the ground and not so high, is said to be a bush or shrub that is.