I know this isn't a binary group, so I'll post the image as a link
Someone told me that this was a birch, but for some reason I thought Birch
trees didn't look like this. By the way I took this photo about 3 weeks
ago, the leaves aren't that much bigger now. I posted a down low shot due
to the fact the tree is pretty busted up and I'd say dead. This is the
prettiest angle I could get of it.
I was going to say the same thing - looks like an apple. But a clear
close-up shot of a leaf would help a great deal. The leaves look too
shiny and smooth (not serrated edges) for a birch, and although birch
bark can be dark colored, the bark texture doesn't look right for
birch either, IME.
Does this tree flower in the spring? If it has pink or white flowers,
it might be an apple. If it has "catkins" that look something like
it may be a birch.
Closer and farther pictures would help, as would a rough idea of your
With leaves like that, it's no birch. How about posting another photo from a
greater distance, to give a better view of the bark and the shape of the tree?
Your friendly local library or bookstore should have, or be able to get, a
copy of the Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees. There are two
editions, eastern and western - get the one appropriate for your region
(assuming you live somewhere in North America, of course). Tremendously
helpful in identifying trees. The books give photos of bark, both spring and
autumn foliage, and flowers and fruit if any, as well as silhouettes of
typical mature specimens and very thorough descriptions.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
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