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Over Wintering Trees - An Aid to Indentify trees by twigs and buds (WIP)

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SwampDonkey:
This section deals with the Willow or Poplar family Salicaceae

Trembling aspen (quaking aspen or popple) Populus tremuloides

twig
Flowers emerging in spring
bark of mature tree

Large tooth aspen (big tooth aspen) Populus grandidentata

twig
buds
bark of young tree
Bark of mature tree
Fall coloration - September

Balsam Poplar (balm-of-gilead, tacamahac) Populus balsamifera

twig
bud
bark

Willow Salix spec

twig
buds
Willow buds have a single caplike bud scale
Flowers emerging in spring

We will return to the Poplar family later

SwampDonkey:
This section deals with the Olive family Oleaceae

Black ash (swamp ash) Fraxinus nigra

twig
buds
bark on young tree
Leaf - September

White ash Fraxinus americana

twig
buds
bark on young tree
Leaf - September



Ash seed, black on the left and white on the right.


We will return to the olive family later

SwampDonkey:
This section deals with the Elm Family Ulmaceae

American Elm (white elm) Ulmus americana

zigzag twig
buds
bark


Slippery Elm (red elm) Ulmus rubra

Bark of mature tree (SPIKER)

SwampDonkey:
This section deals with the Rose Family Rosaceae

Black Cherry Prunus serotina


twig sent by member bitternut
buds
bark
Leaf pubescence on underside
Leaf - September

Pin Cherry (fire cherry) Prunus pensylvanica

twig

buds, clustered at terminal (Bitter Cherry is similar)
bark, 8 inch DBH
Leaf - September

SwampDonkey:
This section deals with the Sycamore family Platanaceae

Sycamore planetree Platanus occidentalis



twig sent by member bitternut: leaf scars nearly surround bud, no true terminal bud, buds have single cap-like scale like Salix spp., lateral buds resinous and divergent (turn sharply away from twig).

Bark of mature tree. (sent by member Wesdor)

Typical white bark of limbs and immature trees (sent by member Wesdor)

We will return to the sycamore family later

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