Willow, Elm, Birch, Black Cherry, Beech and Basswood - Tree Leaf Key

A Quick and Easy Way to Identify 50 Common North American Trees

You most probably have a broadleaf or deciduous tree that is either an elm, willow, beech, cherry or birch. Let's continue...

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1
Willow

Does your tree have a leaf that is narrow and long with small toothed leaf margins (serrate)? If yes, you most probably have a willow.

OR

2
The Major Elms

American Elm. American Elm
Does your tree have a leaf that is doubly toothed around the margins of the leaf (doubly serrate) and asymmetrical at the base? If yes, you most probably have a elm.

OR

3
The Major Birches

Paper Birch. Paper Birch
Does your tree have a leaf that is doubly toothed around the margins of the leaf (doubly serrate) and symmetrical to heart-shaped at the base? If yes, you most probably have a birch.

OR

4
Black Cherry

Black Cherry. Black Cherry
Does your tree have an elliptical leaf that is saw-toothed around the margins of the leaf, with very fine curved or blunt teeth and symmetrical at the base? If yes, you most probably have a cherry.

OR

5
American Beech

American Beech. American Beech
Does your tree have a leaf that is toothed with sharp, incurved teeth around the margins where the surface texture is smooth (glabrous) and paper-like? If yes, you most probably have a beech.

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Basswood

Does your tree have a leaf that is broadly ovate, coarsely saw-toothed  around the margins where the veins are pinnately veined and the leaf base is notched? If yes, you most probably have a basswood.