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.

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willow leaves
Willow leaves. (Titus Tscharntke/Wikimedia Commons)

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.

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leaves of elm tree
Elm leaves. (WIN-Initiative/Getty Images)

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 an elm.

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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.

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black cherry leaf
Black cherry leaf. (Krzysztof Ziarnek/Wikimedia Commons/CC ASA 3.0U)

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.

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american beech leaves
American Beech leaves. (Dcrjsr/Wikimedia Commons/CC ASA 3.0U)

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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american basswood leaves and flowers
American Basswood leaves and flowers. (evelynfitzgerald/Flikr/CC BY 2.0)

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.