Winter Tree ID Quiz

The winter tree ID quiz that I posted on the Clifton Park Open Spaces blog in mid-December has been updated – the answers are now posted.  Check it out.

Hope you had fun!


2 thoughts on “Winter Tree ID Quiz

  1. Hi, I was trying to figure out what kind of (maple I think) trees I have here in Clifton Park but came out more confused than ever after looking on Google. I saw your winter identification quiz, but I’m really hoping to use the leaves.

    I’m gonna mention my “problems” just in case you can help. One thing my maybe red maple leaves have is two good sized “buds” at the base of the twig from which the opposing leaves grow. I’m not finding anything that mentions this online for the fall leaves, though. The shape, red petiole and changing to red coloring on the leaves leads me to believe this is a red maple. The other tree is turning yellow and has nothing at the base of the twig where the opposing leaves are growing. I think this one was a black maple, but the petioles do have a very slight reddish tinge. This one has 5 lobes although the bottom ones are quite small. Another thing, the leaves on my trees seem to be smaller than maple leaves I recall collecting in the fall as a kid. I know little about trees, but I always though maple trees had larger leaves, not quite as large as the average hand but close. The largest leaves I can see on my trees are under 3 inches minus the petioles (which are quite long.

    I understand if your can’t help out with this but maybe you could do a post about it sometime in the future. Thanks.

    • Happy autumn! And thanks for your inquiry.

      Please feel free to send me a photo or two of each leaf (as well as one of the bark of the tree trunk); I’ll be happy to see if I can find an answer to your questions. Sorry, without photos, I can’t offer any suggestions. Red Maple leaves can be fairly small; Amur Maple are typically even smaller and they may also display a red/orange coloration. Sugar Maple and Norway Maple leaves can each be fairly large and be similar looking, but Norway Maple exhibits a white sap when you pluck a leaf off a branch (while that is true during the growing season, that may not be the case during the tree’s “dormant phase” of fall-to-early-spring). My email address is

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