|Leaf Identification / I
This mini-guide will help you identify particular trees by the shape of their leaves. All the leaves discussed are found on the North American continent. Remember, these are all deciduous trees, which means that their leaves change color and fall off in the winter. Even though the leaves are green, they'll be different colors in the fall. The tiny green maps of North America near each leaf tell you where you can find the particular trees. To learn more about leaf shapes and types, check out the Leaf Terms page.
top leaf is from the Silver Maple, Acer
saccharinum, which is usually found near the banks of ponds and lakes.
It tolerates moderate shade from other trees around it. The other leaf
is from the Red Maple, Acer rubrum,
which is found on the prairie edge and northeast part of the U.S. and Canada.
Its leaf surface is smooth and its leaf margin has irregularly sized teeth.
Illustrations from Tree Finder by May Theilgaard Watts (c) 1963, 1991 Nature Study Guild, used by permission.