Leaves, Leaflet, Lobes and more

Leaf structures and features can easily guide you to identifying the plant itself.  Maples and trees in the Maple family always have opposite growing leaves.  The lobes of a Mulberry tree are very unique, some leaves on the same tree will be unlobed.

Compound leaves have leaflets, growing out from the stem or growing from a secondary stem.  Mimosa trees, Ash trees, Tree of Heaven, Black Walnut, Sumac, these are only a few of the compound leafed trees.

Take a look at some of the features to help identify which tree you may be looking at.

Tree Bark

Bark comes in many forms, shapes, colors and with identifying features.

Take a look to help identify and distinguish between trees.

White Oak

Quercus sp. 

Bark appears light gray, plates seem loose.  Leaves are simple, pinnately veined, 7-9 lobes with deep sinuses.  No bristle on the lobe tip


Uvularia perfoliata 

Originally mistaken for Soloman’s Seal showing plasticity this unique herbaceous plant has threaded leaves, with the stem piercing the leaves near the base.  Parallel venation, oblong rounded leaves without lobes or teeth.  Typically found from southern Ontario to norther New England this patch was found along the path to Texas Beach in a shady moist comparatively cooler sloped area.  DSC_0072 DSC_0069 DSC_0070 DSC_0023 DSC_0071

english ivy below bellswort plant
english ivy below bellwort plant


Albizia julibrissin or Silk Tree

Mimosa trees have bipinnately compound leaves, leaflets are less than an inch long, complete, ovate, oblong and delicate.  With the multitude of small leaflets the leaves appear soft and almost feathery.  Growing along forest edges, in open canopy areas in forests and along water ways these exotic looking trees bloom pin-cushion like flowers in pink and rose colors, usually blooming in late Spring.

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