Identifying Oak Trees Native to Tennessee

Twenty distinct species of oak are native to Tennessee. Correctly identifying oaks can sometimes be challenging, even for well-trained foresters and botanists. This publication on identifying oak trees will introduce you to brief recognizable features or “BRFs.” BRFs (pronounced briefs) are easy to remember and will help you distinguish between different oak species. Using BRFs, this publication summarizes key features that will allow speedy and accurate identifi cation of Tennessee oaks.

Important Forest Trees of the Eastern United States

The purpose of this booklet is threefold: to acquaint the reader with the most common forest trees; to help him appreciate the fact that trees are useful as well as beautiful; and possibly to inspire him to further studies of the management, wise use, and development of the forest resource.

A Key to Common Trees of Alabama

This key can help you easily identify any of the 66 most common trees found in Alabama. Keys such as this one, which is based on a series of choices between two statements, are called dichotomous keys. This key was designed for use during the growing season. Leaf and bark characteristics are the primary features used for identifying trees.

Ten Stages of the Tree Life Cycle

Excellent tree care requires an appreciation and understanding of the tree system and life cycle. Agood perspective to use when caring for trees is to recognize the phases and stages of a tree’s life cycle.

Tree Growth Characteristics

Trees are fascinating. The largest of all woody plants, they have well-defined stems that support a crown of leaves. The growth form varies by species and can be categorized. This publication has been created to provide professional foresters, arborists, students, Extension personnel, advanced homeowners and others a general understanding of how trees grow. Specifics will include primary vs. secondary growth, allocation of photosynthate, shoot growth patterns and crown shape.