Can You ID These Trees From a Distant Image?

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1 giant sequoia GettyImages-544773032 This California native is famous for its size. It goes by the scientific name Sequoiadendron giganteum, but can you guess its common name?
Red Oak
Maple
Pine
Giant Sequoia
Towering an average of 164 to 279 feet tall, the Giant Sequoia is the tallest tree species on Earth. It can be found throughout the Sierra Nevada region of California, and its trunk can be 20 feet in diameter or more. All that mass makes this tree easy to identify, even from far away.

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2 beech tree GettyImages-851896812 No, you won't actually find these trees on your favorite swimming beach, but can you tell which hardwood species, known for its smooth gray bark, is shown in this image?
Mulberry
Beech
Beech trees grow to a mature height between 60 and 80 feet and are found all over the eastern United States. While it might be tough to spot their saw-edged alternating leaves from a distance, their bark is very distinctive. It's surprisingly smooth and gray, with few bumps or ridges.
Willow
Maple

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3 maple tree GettyImages-1037004188 What is the name of the tree shown here, which produces the syrup you pour on pancakes?
Hawthorne
Yew
Maple
The Maple tree has very distinctive leaves—they look just like the one on the Canadian flag. This tree can be as tall as 150 feet and its leaves have a mix of large and small "teeth" along the edges.
Spruce

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4 Mulberry_tree The popular kid's song calls this a bush, but it's actually a tree that everyone is going 'round. Do you know the name of this tree, which produces yummy berries?
Mulberry
Mulberries grow to between 40 and 50 feet and are located all over the eastern U.S. Their bark is thin with a yellowish hue, and their leaves are distinctly fuzzy. The berries from this tree are delicious raw, cooked or dried.
Fir
Ash
Dogwood

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5 cedar tree GettyImages-584425029 What is this tree, which has a characteristic spicy scent—and whose wood in perfect for keeping pests out of your closets?
Cedar
Cedars are evergreens that produce cones like pine trees. They are triangular when young, but tend to develop a flatter crown over time. These trees can be up to 130 feet tall and have scaly needles which are deep green.
Elm
White Oak
Hemlock

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6 Weeping Willow GettyImages-666747504 The tree you see here is the one responsible for whomping Harry and the gang in the Harry Potter books. Do you know the name of this sad-sounding species?
Moaning Myrtle
Mad Maple
Weeping Willow
Native to China, but now found all over the world, the Weeping Willow is a tree with a short trunk and branches that sag down to the ground. It can be as tall as 40 feet with a 35 foot wide crown, and has light green or grayish-green leaves.
Crying Cottonwood

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7 Cottonwood tree GettyImages-1022397666 What is the name of this tree, whose seeds make it look like it holds clouds among its branches?
Holly
Cottonwood
There's a reason it's called a Cottonwood—the seeds on this tree are white and billowy like balls of cotton. Also known as a Poplar, the Cottonwood can grow up to 100 feet tall and has a wide-spread crown made up of thick, beefy branches.
Crabapple
Elm

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8 Hickory tree GettyImages-816915444 What is the name of this pecan-producing tree with the scientific name Carya, whose wood adds a delicious smokiness when used for grilling?
Pawpaw
Cherry
Apple
Hickory
There are 12 species of Hickory tree native to the U.S., and the bigger ones are 70 to 90 feet tall with a canopy as wide as 70 feet. The tree has small yellowish-green flowers and gray bark that peels off in easy strips.

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9 pine tree GettyImages-183140927 This evergreen goes by the scientific name Pinus, but do you know its most common nickname?
Elm
Ash
Birch
Pine
The classic pine tree has needles, not leaves, and these needles grow in clusters of between two and five needles each. Most pines are 50 to 100 feet tall with thick, scaly bark and branches that grow away from the trunk is a spiraling pattern.

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10 red oak new What is the name of this acorn-producing tree, which happens to be the state tree of New Jersey?
Maple
Cherry
Red Oak
There are more than 600 species of Red Oak. Members of the Red Oak family tend to be larger than White Oaks and have pointed, lobed leaves. Trunks can be up to 4 feet in diameter, and the bark is medium or dark gray.
Alder

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11 birch tree GettyImages-838238762 Some ancient cultures used the thin, peeling bark of this tree to make paper, the its wood is a top choice for making speaker cabinets. Can you name this tree with its papery bark?
Maple
Birch
Birch trees have simple leaves with very small teeth along the edges. The bark is smooth and can vary between gray and bright white. This papery bark makes a perfect fire starter, and will ignite even when it's wet.
Pine
Crabapple

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12 Bald Cypress GettyImages-540070886 What is the name of this tree, which gets its unique name based on the fact that it sheds all its needles surprisingly early in the fall?
Bald Cypress
The slow-growing Bald Cypress can vary from 30 to 120 feet tall. Its bark is reddish-gray and very stringy and textured. Leaves look like needles, are less than an inch long and turn from green to gold or copper in the fall.
Giant Sequoia
Almond
Dragon Tree

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13 Dogwood tree GettyImages-172924938 Don't go barking up the wrong tree—try to name this species, which blooms each spring with plenty of white blossoms.
Buckeye
Dogwood
Dogwoods have a short trunk and a wide canopy. Their leaves are small and oval with a pointed tip, and the most distinctive feature is their four-part flowers, which can range from white to pink and bloom brilliantly in spring.
Ash
Redwood

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14 Sycamore treeGettyImages-1054296014 Which tree shown here, which scientists refer to as P. Orientalis, is recognizable by its rainbow bark?
Sycamore
The Sycamore tree has very large leaves like a maple tree, but can be distinguished from the maple by its mottled bark, which includes shades of green, white, brown or gray. The tree grows all over the U.S. and can exceed 100 feet in height.
Giant Sequoia
Pine
Spruce

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15 California_Buckeye_Tree_Blossoms Every part of this tree is toxic, from roots to crown—but do you know what its called?
Sweetgum
White Oak
Cedar
Buckeye
Every part of the Buckeye tree is toxic if ingested. You can spot this tree thanks to its rounded shape, showy yellow-green flowers and wide canopy, which can be half the size of the tree's height or more.

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16 ash GettyImages-667614093 Enjoy the view while you can—wicked Emerald Borers are decimating the population of this tree, which is part of the same family as olives and lilacs. Know what it's called?
Pine
Mulberry
Ash
Ash trees are very tall and straight with branches that grow in opposite pairs. The seeds of the tree are concealed in thin, papery pods. The number of Ash trees has been on the decline thanks to an invasive species of beetles.
Yew

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17 elm tree GettyImages-565462487 Can you ID this tree, whose branches extend out in a v-shape, making it look like a vase full of carefully-arranged flowers?
Elm
The forked trunk of the Elm tree gives it a shape like a vase filled with flowers. Found all over the northern hemisphere, this species has oval leaves with pointed ends,and is very vulnerable to a condition known as Dutch Elm Disease.
Mulberry
Hickory
Fir

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18 Red alder Alnus rubra Officially known as albus rubra, what is the name of this tree found all over the western portion of North America?
Ash
Red Alder
The Red Alder is so named because scars or damage to its bark have a rusty reddish appearance. Mature Red Alders top out around 100 feet, and the bark is gray, mottled and smooth when undamaged.
Cherry
Apple

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19 apple tree GettyImages-610803156 The fruit from this tree just might keep the doctor away. Do you know what it's called?
Pawpaw
Apple
Most Apple trees are less than 20 feet tall—the better to collect their yummy fruit! This tree has scaly gray bark, a broad canopy and five-petal flowers that range from white to deep pink.
Redwood
Fir

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20 cherry tree GettyImages-478135901 Every spring, tourists flock to the National Mall in DC to watch these trees spread their brilliant blossoms. Can you guess their name?
Red Oak
Cherry
Cherry trees have clusters of white or pink blossoms that bloom in the spring, and easy-to-peel brownish-gray bark. When the bark is damaged, it develops lenticels—small cuts or lines that rise out of the surface and are darker than the surrounding bark.
Yew
Magnolia

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21 Magnolia tree GettyImages-630971793 What is the name of this southern tree, whose fragrant blooms are the official flowers of both Mississippi and Louisiana?
Maple
White oak
Magnolia
Magnolia trees are generally 15 to 20 feet tall and have long and wide shiny green leaves. Their spring blossoms are white—and enormous—but what's really unique is their pine cone sized fuzzy green seed pods, which release bright red seeds over time.
Redwood

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22 hemlock tree The plant that goes by this name is highly poisonous, but the tree that shares its name is not. What is the name of this species, which looks like a good, old-fashioned Christmas tree?
Cedar
Beech
Birch
Hemlock
From a distance, the Hemlock has a bulging cone shape. Found all over the northeast and mid-Atlantic, it can grow 100 feet tall or more and has a very straight trunk with minimal forking. The leaves are shiny and green and surprisingly short.

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23 dragon tree No, this tree doesn't breathe fire, but its colorful blossoms can look like flames when they emerge in the spring. Do you know what its called?
Japanese Maple
Dragon Tree
Used as a decorative plant in subtropical regions, the Dragon Tree has a single main trunk that slowly sprouts one shorter branch at a time. The leaves are narrow and spiky, and the roots grow up and wrap around the trunk over time.
Fir
Pine

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24 Arborvitae GettyImages-183317035 Landscapers love this plant because it can grow taller than a house in just a year or two. What is the common name of this tree, whose scientific name is Arborvitae?
Redwood
Black Walnut
Green Giant
The Green Giant, or Arborvitae, is a fast-growing evergreen that can quickly soar to 50 or 60 feet in height. Perfect for adding privacy or a windbreak, it's very popular among landscapers. This tree has scaly leaves arranged in pairs and a stringy brown bark.
Hemlock

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25 Redwood tree GettyImages-578363231 What is the name of this tree, which is so magnificent that it has both a national and state park named in its honor?
Redwood
Redwoods only grow along the coast in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. Despite their trunks measuring as much as 24 feet around, and a maximum height of 250 feet or more, their cones are tiny—just an inch long or so.
Elm
Maple
Pine

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26 Yew tree GettyImages-960487288 Also known as Taxus baccata, what is the name of this conifer that produces bright red berries?
Black Walnut
Green Giant
White Oak
Yew
Native to the U.S., Yew trees vary between 15 and 50 feet tall. These slow growers have scaly, thin bark and dull green leaves. Prone to rot, you may be surprised to see that their trunks are often hollow when viewed from up close.

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27 spruce tree GettyImages-1056363260 Part of the Pinaceae family, this evergreen is widely used to make musical instruments like guitars and pianos. Can you ID it?
Cherry
Sweetgum
Chestnut
Spruce
Spruce trees have needles like a Pine tree, but the needles grow directly from the branches rather than in clusters. The bark is rough and scaly, and these trees are known for having a very classic triangle shape—like a Christmas tree.

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28 Japanese maple tree GettyImages-1063548956 Native to Asia and Russia, this colorful species goes by the scientific name Acer palmatum—but you probably know it better as this.
Yew
Fir
Japanese maple
The Japanese Maple is a gorgeous tree distinguished by its very attractive coloring. It has a dome-like canopy, and doesn't usually get taller than 20 or 30 feet. The leaves are long and wide, and come in many attractive hues.
White Oak

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29 fir tree GettyImages-970231378 Do you know the name of this tree, which is distinctive for its cones that grow up like candle flames?
Yew
Fir
The Fir tree is a traditional evergreen with bark that starts out smooth and gray, but grows bumpier over time. Its needles are short and course, and its cones grow in small groups, pointing up like the flames on a candle.
Cherry
Crabapple

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30 Hawthorn GettyImages-1048373292 This tree shares its name with the man who wrote "The Scarlet Letter" and "The House of the Seven Gables." Think you can guess its name?
Hawthorn
Hawthorn trees grow all over North America. Most range from 15 to 50 feet tall and have a relatively wide canopy measuring 35 feet wide or more. The bark of the tree is smooth and gray, but can develop scars or fissures as the tree ages.
Redwood
Giant Sequoia
Pine

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31 Redbud GettyImages-669616061 This tree really lives up to its name, with vibrant blossoms that branch away from the trunk like fireworks. Remember what it's called?
Apple
Cherry
Chestnut
Redbud
The Redbud is native to eastern North America. It grows 20 to 30 feet tall and can have a canopy diameter within that same size range. You can ID this tree by its twisted trunk and spread-out branches, as well as by the maroon patches on its bark.

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32 Black Walnut tree GettyImages-489050533 Can you identify this tree, whose fruit are often used to add crunch to cookies, brownies and other sweet treats?
Black Walnut
See a tree that looks like it has tennis balls hanging on it? That's a Black Walnut, whose fruit can look like fuzzy green balls as they grow. This tree is very tall with a wide, rounded canopy and low hanging branches.
Maple
Elm
Cherry

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33 White Oak tree 'GettyImages-1041924552 This species is Maryland's official state tree, and starting at the young age of 50, it can produce more than 10,000 acorns a year. What is its name?
Yew
Beech
White Oak
White Oaks differ from Red Oaks in that they are slightly smaller and have rounded tips on their leaves. The trunk can be 3 to 5 feet in diameter, while the tree reaches up to 150 feet into the sky. The bark is thick and scaly and the leaves look like those found on the Canadian flag.
Mulberry

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34 Juniper GettyImages-167171875 Can you name this evergreen conifer, whose seed cones look surprisingly similar to blueberries?
Sycamore
Juniper
The Juniper is an evergreen with a weeping, bonsai-like appearance. It's usually less than 30 feet tall and has scaly green needles. The bark of the Juniper is red-brown and peels off with ease.
Red Alder
Apple

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35 Sweetgum tree GettyImages-183336590 Do you know the name of this tree, which has glossy, star-shaped leaves? And no, you can't chew on it.
Chestnut
Elm
Beech
Sweetgum
Sweetgum grows all over eastern North America. It can reach 60 to 70 feet in height and its canopy can spread 50 feet wide. The five-lobed leaves turn red, purple or yellow in the fall and the tree has a pyramid shape that grows rounder over time.

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36 Almond trees GettyImages-657668862 Can you ID this tree known for its brilliant blossoms, and nuts that are used to make milk alternatives?
Spruce
Fir
Almond
Almond trees grow between 13 and 33 feet in height. Their leaves are 3 to 5 inches long and their almond drupes are green and fleshly. This tree has distinctive 5-petal flowers in shades of white and pink, which are 1 to 2 inches in diameter.
Yew

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37 Crabapple tree This tree inspired the name of Bart's teacher on "The Simpsons." Know what it's called?
Giant Sequoia
Crabapple
Crabapple trees grow in temperate zones across the northern hemisphere. While some species produce edible apples, the majority produce brilliant flowers in shades of pink and red. They tend to be smaller than apple trees, and their fruit are also smaller than regular apples.
Redwood
Maple

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38 Holly tree What is the name of this tree, whose shiny green leaves and bright red berries serve as a traditional piece of Christmas decor?
Holly
Holly is an ornamental evergreen that grows up to 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide. Its leaves are leathery with sharp tips, and its fruit is bright red and berry-like.
Red Oak
Elm
Beech

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39 Pawpaw_tree_in_Nigeria What is the name of this tropical tree, which produces mango-like fruit?
Pawpaw
The Pawpaw might look like a tropical tree, but it actually grows in temperate zones all over the world. This tree produces fruit that look like a cross between a banana and a mango, and has large oval leaves that alternate along the branches.
Pine
Juniper
Fir

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40 Chestnut tree GettyImages-607604997 This tree produces fruit with spiny burrs that people love roasting on an open fire. Do you know what it is called?
Maple
Elm
Chestnut
Found in temperate areas of North America, the Chestnut has a very straight trunk and long, narrow, shiny green leaves. It's crown is round and broad, and its fruit are protected by a rough brown spiky shell.
Spruce

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