Easy to Use Tree Identification -

University of Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Education site

We dig up baby trees before the first hard freeze and let them have a winter in the shed. Then, in the spring when they leaf out we have to find out what they are - compost, burn pile or planting trees.

This site worked well this morning to identify a Chokecherry tree that had leafed out in the shed.

We have so many little trees out there and most of them I've learned to pull out immediately. But, there are others that don't make as many offspring as elm! So I go searching - check this out when you need to know -


Follow the key with your tree nearby
Dichotomous Tree Identification Key
What is a dichotomous key? A dichotomous key is one tool that can be used to identify trees. This type of key is also used for flowers, animals, rocks, fish, and more!
A dichotomous key contains a series of choices that lead the user to the correct name of an item. "Dichotomous" means "divided into two parts." Therefore, a dichotomous key will always give you two choices in each step.
How to use this key
1) Use the leaves from a tree or find a picture of a tree you want to identify and click on the most appropriate match to the right.
2) Click one of the numbers below to identify one of our mystery trees. If you end up with two matching pictures you have identified the tree correctly.


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