Friday, October 21, 2011

Can You Name These 10 Autumn Leaves?

I picked up these leaves around the neighborhood this week. How many can you name?
Answers are at the bottom of this post.



How did you do? Hard to do from a photo? Get out there and enjoy the leaves this weekend, in person!

1. Mulberry 2.Beech 3. Dogwood 4. White oak 5. Redbud 6. Tuliptree 7. Pin oak 8. Spicebush 9. Sugar maple 10. Sycamore

4 comments:

Jo Cooper said...

Hi, Elizabeth-
# 9 doesn't look like a sugar maple (acer saccharum) to me. Perhaps a Norway Maple? The center lobe on the sugar maple leaf is characteristically taller, with markedly straight sides: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_saccharum. ps-- I love your blog :)
ps 2-- I got them all! Though I wasn't certain about the dogwood leaf.

Anonymous said...

I love this post. In fact, I love this blog!! Thank you for all your hard work. I got 6/10. I thought 9 was a red maple (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_rubrum) and just didn't know 1, 5, & 8.

Elizabeth | The Natural Capital said...

Glad y'all had fun! Jo, most of the Norway maples in our neighborhood are still green & tend to be more toothed, but I see what you're saying about the width vs. height...wish I remembered which tree I found it under, and I'd go back and look at more of the leaves. Even within a single tree there can be so much variation.

Jo Cooper said...

Totally! It's one cool thing about observing nature-- every leaf is different :)

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