How do you tell what type a tree is in the winter time, when it has no leaves?

(We have several large trees on our property but as we moved in December we don’t know what type they are. If any of them are maple, we’d love to tap them and make maple syrup. Without leaves, we have no idea how to tell what type they are. Thanks!)

Answer #1

You can look at the bark, but I am not a tree expert, I define trees by height, there are short trees and then there tall trees.

Answer #2

If I were you, I’d just find a maple tree that you know is a maple tree (like in a friend’s yard), and compare it with your tree(s). If you are still not sure, just try tapping it anyway and see what happens.

Answer #3

(a) ask the previous owners (if you can contact them) they are likely to know; . (b) ask the neighbours - they may know (e.g. I know straight off the top of my head what most of the trees are in my immediate neighbours gardens without even going to look at them. . (c) ask any of the local (mainly professional) gardeners / horticulturists / tree surgeons - they are likely to be able to recognize them from a variety of clues including colour thickness and surface texture of bark, appearance of buds and overall shape. If you ask a tree surgeon for a quote for trimming them all they will probably tell you what types they are while they are doing their assessment. . You can find reference materials, including verbal descriptions, . e.g. . as well as photographs and line drawings, that can help identify deciduous trees in winter: . e.g. .

– Best wishes - Majikthise. .

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Answer #8

I don’t think I was any help, but you are welcome.

Answer #9

It is very difficult to identify a species without leaves or some type of fruiting body. As far as I know, much of the identification depends on things like phyllotaxy or leaf arrangement, presence of flower type and color, and if leaves are simple or compound. Of course there are other factors such as preferred growing conditions, but its hardly feasible to narrow down the possibilities without the other characteristics. It might be best to wait until spring.

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