Written by Steve Nix, Forestry Expert
Tree identification field guides are excellent tools for identifying trees. The best guides have information on individual trees, have quality images, are compact and weather resistant. Here are some of the best field guides I’ve found on the market.
A tree leaf or twig key is simply a list of a series of questions that ultimately directs you through the process of identifying a tree. Find a tree, collect a leaf or needle and answer the questions. At the end of the “interview” you should be able to identify the tree.
My online Tree Leaf Key is one of the most popular resources on About Forestry. It will easily get you a tree name, at least to the genus level. I am confident you can identify most species with the extra information available.
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