Tree identification is an important skill for any aspiring forager. Knowing what type of tree you are looking at can help you identify what type of edible plants and mushrooms you can find in the area. In this video, we will be discussing several trees and how to identify them by their leaves and bark.
The Sassafras tree is a very common wild edible tree that can have three distinct variations of leaves. The most common is the three-lobed leaf, which looks like a mitten. The second variation is the oval-shaped leaf, and the third is the rarely seen heart-shaped leaf. All three variations have smooth edges and are bright green in color. The bark of the Sassafras tree is reddish-brown and has deep ridges that form diamond shapes.
Oak and Poplar trees are also very easy to identify. Oak trees are known for their Acorns, and there are two species of Oak trees that are commonly found in North America. The White Oak has pointed lobes on its leaves and its Acorns are sweet and edible. The Red Oak has rounded lobes on its leaves and its Acorns are bitter and inedible. Poplar trees are known for their Mushrooms, and the Tulip Poplar is a common species found in North America. The Tulip Poplar has tulip-shaped leaves that are bright green in color, and its bark is grayish-brown with deep ridges. However, it is important to note that the Tulip Poplar is not actually a Poplar species at all!
Identifying trees by their leaves and bark is an important skill for any aspiring forager. In this video, we discussed several trees and how to identify them by their leaves and bark. We discussed the Sassafras tree, two species of Oak trees, and the Tulip Poplar. With this knowledge, you can now identify these trees in the wild and find the edible plants and mushrooms associated with them.