Getting to Know Trees of the Piedmont
Welcome to the world of tree identification. There are many sources and methodologies, so do not be intimidated. As a beginner you don’t need to learn complicated terms, just familiarize yourself with each tree’s characteristics as a start. Here are twenty common native Virginia trees for you to begin with.
It is helpful to examine the whole tree, and then the individual parts – leaves, bark, branching, size and shape. Imagine you are asked to give a detailed description of a tree to someone who is unable to see it. Try to name as many details as possible – is the bark rough or smooth? Is the bark the same texture as your eyes travel up the trunk?
Trees can often be identified by a single characteristic – flowers, colorful foliage or distinct leaf shapes. Always remember to look up! Binoculars can be a big help. Check out the links below to a few downloadable tree guide books we highly recommend.
But most of all, Enjoy getting to know the amazing world of trees!