July 1, 2012
Tree Identification - The Trees at Black's Nook

Trees that were identified in the field include: Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides), Red Maple (Acer rubrum), Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus), Black Walnut (Juglans nigra), Black Willow (Salix nigra) and Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica).
Left Photo: Since leaf identification is one way to identify a tree, Ranger Jean Rogers (left), asks participants to sort leaves by type (simple or compound). Since this is the time of year for bud formation and participants are told to look for where the bud forms to determine if a leaf is simple or compound.
Middle Photo: As an Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides) matures the lower branches drop off, leaving a long, single, straight trunk.
Right Photo: Ranger Jean Rogers gave participants "Tree Finder" by May Theilgaard Watts ("Identification of trees by their leaves") while in the field. This booklet can be obtained at
The Ranger Station and is sold by The Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation.
Descriptions and Photos by Carol Collura (Photos © 2012 Carol Collura)