FORSite>Contents>Tree Identification>Type (2 of 2)

A tree or a shrub?

Identifying trees outside can be harder than one might think. But by using the process of elimination and your experience, it can become second nature.

One of the first things to consider is the growth form. Is it a tree or a shrub? Answering this simple question can eliminate a lot of choices.
 
 

Most tree identification books define a shrub as a woody plant, growing to less than 5 meters in height (16 feet), with multiple stems.

This woody plant is a very large shrub.

A tree is a woody plant, growing to greater than 5 meters in height (16 feet), with a single dominant stem.

This black cherry sapling is actually a young tree, even though it looks like a shrub right now.

 
 
  Tree Type page 1 2