What Type of Tree Is That in the Yard?

Though it might have been common knowledge back in grade school, there's a good chance you might have forgotten what kind of tree that is outside your kitchen window. Even those with a green thumb might not remember the differences between types of trees. For those who need a cheat sheet, the following is a breakdown of the some of the more common types of trees you might have around your property.

* Dogwood. Dogwoods boast colorful autumn leaves, making them a favorite of those looking to trees to add aesthetic appeal to their property.

* Maple. Maple trees are very common throughout the milder regions of the northern hemisphere. Leaves are similar to those depicted on the Canadian flag, and these deciduous trees are most commonly grown as medium to large trees.

* Evergreen. Any plant, tree or shrub that maintains its leaves year-round. Leaf persistence can last from as short as one year to as long as 40 years, though the average is closer to five years.

* Willow. Willows are most common in moist areas, along floodplains or riverbanks. Willows are rapid-growing and boast very simply flowers that lack petals.

* Birch. Birch trees produce separate, abundant, tiny male and female flowers in dense clusters. Birch trees are generally most common in arctic regions in the northern hemisphere.

* Ash. Ash are generally valued for their timber and recently began being a favorite choice of wood among baseball players for their bats. Characterized by small, greenish flowers, ash trees in North America have been subject to disease for several years, rarely living beyond 10 years as result.

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