How To Identify The Common Native Trees of North America

Here's a crash course on how to identify the most common tree species found in the vast forests of North America.

Like most places in the world, there are many trees in North America that aren't native to this continent.

This guide focuses on the most common native trees ...more ↓

red mulberry 1
Morus rubra
American beech 2
Fagus grandifolia
sugar maple 3
Acer saccharum
boxelder maple 4
Acer negundo
eastern redcedar 5
Juniperus virginiana
bigleaf maple 6
Acer macrophyllum
red maple 7
Acer rubrum
silver maple 8
Acer saccharinum
western redcedar 9
Thuja plicata
common Douglas-fir 10
Pseudotsuga menziesii
coast redwood 11
Sequoia sempervirens
giant sequoia 12
Sequoiadendron giganteum
coast juniper 13
Juniperus virginiana silicicola
white ash 14
Fraxinus americana
black locust 15
Robinia pseudoacacia
common pawpaw 16
Asimina triloba
American sycamore 17
Platanus occidentalis
black ash 18
Fraxinus nigra
paper birch 19
Betula papyrifera
shagbark hickory 20
Carya ovata
Shellbark Hickory 21
Carya laciniosa
eastern black walnut 22
Juglans nigra
eastern white pine 23
Pinus strobus
white oak 24
Quercus alba
California Ash 25
Fraxinus dipetala
blue oak 26
Quercus douglasii
coast live oak 27
Quercus agrifolia
black oak 28
Quercus velutina
bur oak 29
Quercus macrocarpa
cherrybark oak 30
Quercus pagoda
chestnut oak 22
Quercus montana
northern red oak 31
Quercus rubra
laurel oak 32
Quercus laurifolia
northern whitecedar 33
Thuja occidentalis
willows 34
Salix
Atlantic white cedar 23
Chamaecyparis thyoides
eastern cottonwood 35
Populus deltoides
incense-cedars 36
Calocedrus
scarlet oak 37
Quercus coccinea

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