Learn to ID Trees Easily
Although our subject in Wild About Trees this month is Bark, we finish the description of leaves in this section, following on from the information in the previous few months.
In formal Botany there are dozens of difficult words, which do give a very specific description of leaf shape. In Sappi Tree Spotting, however, we use plain English, and for most people this is a good way to start to Tree Spot.
Leaf and Leaflet shapes
There are many varieties of leaf or leaflet shape. As a basis for descriptions, the following terms are used for the trees described in this blog. Most of the trees used as the examples, have appeared in this, or previous blogs.
Round e.g Sycomore Fig: Trees of the Month, Lowveld this month's blog
Heart-shapped eg. Lowveld Star-chestnut: Bushveld Trees of the Month, August blog
Oval eg. Velvet Bushwillow: October's Trees of the Month, Highveld October blog
Egg-shaped eg. White-milkwood: Trees of the Month, December blog
Broad elliptic eg. Tamboti: Trees of the Month, KwaZulu Natal, July blog
Narrow elliptic eg. Cape Willow: Trees of the Month, Cape South, July blog
Needle eg. Broad-leaved Yellowwood: Trees of the Month Cape, South, August blog
Butterfly eg. Mopane
The edge of leaves and leaflets vary, and the following terms are used:
Smooth eg Cape-beech: Trees of the Month, Cape South, this month's blog
Wavy eg. Cape-chestnut: Trees of the Month, Cape South, October blog
Notched eg. Rockwood: Trees of the month December, Cape - South, December blog
Deeply toothed or serrated eg. Assegaai
Finely toothed or serrated eg. Tamboti: Trees of the Month, KwaZulu-Natal, July blog
Lobed eg. Highveld Cabbage-tree: Trees of the Month, Highveld, August blog