You most likely see at least one tree daily. But, do you know what kind of trees they are? There are many kinds of trees, and they are all unique and serve a distinct purpose. You may have heard the name of some of these trees but might not know what they look like. Or, you might know what they look like but not the name.
If you’ve ever asked the question, “What kind of tree is that?” then this article is for you.
Continue reading to learn about the various tree types that surround you.
In this article, we’re going to focus on trees located in Rochester, New York. Certain types of trees grow in specific places. The weather, temperature, and soil contribute significantly to what kinds of trees are able to thrive in this area. New York tends to have a cooler climate with a reasonable amount of precipitation in every season.
• Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Quaking Aspens are deciduous trees commonly found in the cooler regions of the Western United States. Known by a wide variety of other names such as the golden aspen and white poplar. You can recognize this tree by the fluttering sound of the leaves when the wind blows, dignified appearance, and white-flaky bark.
• American Elm (Ulmus americana)
The American elm can be identified by its oblong leaves that are approximately 4-6 inches in length and 1-3 inches in width. The tree produces green fruits like wafers. It can grow to be 80-120 feet tall and 2-4 feet in diameter. The shape of the tree is vase-like, and its bark is a dark gray separated by diamond-shaped ridges.
• Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)
The balsam fir bears needles that are half an inch to two inches long with silvery bands underneath of them. Purple-colored cones that are are cylinder-like in shape come from this tree, and they are four to six inches long. This tree can grow to be 40-60 feet tall and one to one and a half foot around.
• Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
The leaves on a black walnut tree can grow to be 12-24 inches long with 15-23 leaflets. It produces a spear-like fruit that has a diameter of one and a half to two inches. It appears thick and fleshy with a yellowish-green outer shell that encases the sweet nut inside. The bark on this tree dark brown to almost black and it can grow to be 70-100 feet with a base of two to three feet.
• Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Sugar maple trees are indigenous to the East coast of the United States and into Canada. In fact, the leaf is on their flag. The sugar maple produces sap for the syrup we put on our pancakes. The tree has a brown trunk, and their leaves take over a round shape at the top.
• Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
Black cherry trees are a common sight to see in the Eastern region of the United States. You can not only spot them by the fruit they bear but also by their beautiful white or pink flowers. The Leaves on this tree are two to six inches long. Its bark is reddish brown to black, and it can grow up to 50-60 feet tall with a trunk diameter of one to three feet.
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what the trees were around you, then this article should provide some insight. These trees are commonly found in the West, Central, and Eastern portion of the United States. For more information about the tree in question, contact your local arborist.
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