NJ Tree ID QUIZ!

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John Harvey
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NJ Tree ID QUIZ!

Post by John Harvey » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:04 am

Ok so I'm listing 16 photos, bark and leaf combos, of trees in NJ. I like to make these for fun as my own little id database. I know what they are as they are native, lets see who can name them all....
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John D Harvey (JohnnyDJersey)

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Re: NJ Tree ID QUIZ!

Post by Larry Tucei » Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:54 am

Johnny- I think I know most of them. Here goes. 1. Sweetgum 2. ? 3. Red Oak Species not sure which one 4. Northern Catalpa 5. Atlantic White Cedar 6. Black Oak 7. Gray Birch 8. Silver Maple 9. Red Hickory 10. Chestnut Oak 11. Holly 12. Jack Pine 13. Elm 14. White Walnut 15. Gum 16. Norway Maple Larry

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Re: NJ Tree ID QUIZ!

Post by John Harvey » Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:05 pm

Very good Larry, I should have noted that Norway Maple and Jap maple are not native, they are just everywhere.
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Jess Riddle
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Re: NJ Tree ID QUIZ!

Post by Jess Riddle » Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:00 pm

1) I’ll refrain from guessing since you don’t guess really guess with this species. Either you know it or you haven’t met it yet.
2) Japanese maple
3) Southern red oak
4) Northern catalpa
5) Eastern red cedar
6) Pin oak
7) Gray birch
8) Silver maple
9) Pignut hickory
10) Chestnut oak (bizarre bark, not typical of species)
11) American holly
12) Pitch pine (nice diagnostic photo)
13) Probably American elm, though could be a Eurasian species or hybrid given park setting
14) Black walnut
15) Black gum (bark unusual for species in many parts of its range)
16) Norway maple

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John Harvey
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Re: NJ Tree ID QUIZ!

Post by John Harvey » Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:37 am

Jess that was spot on. The first tree is Sweetgum. The Chestnut Oak is a very young tree, that's probably why the bark looks odd.
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Re: NJ Tree ID QUIZ!

Post by ElijahW » Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:52 pm

John,

If Jess scored 100%, then I was 3 off the mark. Japanese maple I'm sure I've seen before, but haven't paid much attention to. The Pin oak I thought was Scarlet, and the Chestnut oak leaves were right, but the bark threw me off. I thought it might be a Chestnut-bur oak hybrid or an immature bur oak.

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Re: NJ Tree ID QUIZ!

Post by pdbrandt » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:39 am

That was fun. I knew about 1/2 of them at first glance. There was something like this that was going around on Facebook last year.
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Re: NJ Tree ID QUIZ!

Post by Will Blozan » Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:06 pm

Could the chestnut oak be Q. muhlenbergii or michauxii?

Catalpa wouldn't be native either (to NJ)...

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Re: NJ Tree ID QUIZ!

Post by Jess Riddle » Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:55 pm

John,

What kind of habitat was #10 growing in? The leaf doesn't look quite right to me for Q. muhlenbergii, but Q. michauxii (swamp chestnut oak)...

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Re: NJ Tree ID QUIZ!

Post by John Harvey » Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:11 am

Jess,
This oak was in a NJ pine barrens/coastal pine and oak forest. It was a rather small tree.
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