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1 Baker County Arboretum Tree Identification Techniques Alicia Lamborn Baker County Extension Service

2 Baker County Arboretum Tree Identification Guide The Baker County Arboretum is home to 35 different Florida native and Florida-Friendly tree species and cultivars. But how does one go about telling them apart? To identify the trees successfully, follow these steps: Learn to recognize leaf arrangement (alternate vs. opposite) Learn to recognize leaf divisions (simple vs. compound leaves), including even-pinnately compound and odd-pinnately compounds leaves Review the diagrams illustrating selected leaf shapes Review the diagrams illustrating selected leaf margins Follow the tree identification guide (also known as a dichotomous key).

3 Step 1: Leaf Arrangement How leaves are arranged on the stem. How leaves are arranged on the stem. Alternate: Leaves borne singly at each node (the position on the stem where leaves or branches originate), alternating sides of the stem. Opposite: Leaves borne across from one another at the same node (the position on the stem where leaves or branches originate).

4 Step 2: Leaf Divisions SIMPLE EVEN- PINNATELY COMPOUND COMPOUND ODD- PINNATELY COMPOUND

5 Step 3: Leaf Shapes Acerose: Needle-shaped Awl-shaped: Scale- like; short, narrowly triangular, and sharply pointed like an awl. Cordate: Heart- shaped, with the notch at the base.

6 Step 4: Leaf Margins Entire: Margin is continuous, not toothed, notched, or divided. Lobed: Bearing lobes which are cut less than half way to the base or mid-vein. Cleft: Leaf margin is cut or split about half- way to the mid-vein or base. Crenate: with rounded teeth along the margin. Serrate: Toothed along the margin, the sharp teeth pointing forward. Serrulate: Toothed along the margin, with minute, sharp, teeth (double serrate).

7 Step 5: Follow the tree ID guide (dichotomous key) A dichotomous key is a tool that allows the user to determine the identity of items in the natural world, such as trees. Keys consist of a series of choices that lead the user to the correct name of a given item. To use the key, start by determining which number category the tree fits into (listed 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5). Then (within the numbered category) determine which subcategory the tree fits into (listed i, ii, iii, iv, etc.), and so on. By eliminating certain characteristics, the user should be led to the correct name of the tree in question.

8 Using the dichotomous key Baker County Arboretum Dichotomous Key: 1. Trees with acerose (needle-like) or awl-shaped (scale- like) leaves i. Needles held in bundles a. 2 needles per bundle…Spruce Pine (Pinus glabra) b. 3 needles per bundle………Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris) ii. Scales: tiny, overlapping Southern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana var. silicicola) (Juniperus virginiana var. silicicola)

9 Using the dichotomous key Example 2: This tree has… Alternate leaf arrangement Alternate leaf arrangement Simple leaf division Simple leaf division Cordate leaf shape Cordate leaf shape Serrate leaf margins Serrate leaf margins

10 Using the dichotomous key Example 3: This tree has… Alternate leaf arrangement Alternate leaf arrangement Compound leaf division Compound leaf division Odd number of leaflets Odd number of leaflets Entire leaf margins Entire leaf margins Undersides of leaves are pubescent (hairy) Undersides of leaves are pubescent (hairy)

11 Now Let’s Go Outside…


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