trees produce fruit. They come in a wide variety of shapes, colors and sizes.
They can often be used to identify the tree. Be sure to always look carefully
on the ground and in the tops of trees for fruit. Even small parts (like an acorn
cap) can be helpful. Below are some brief descriptions of but a small handful
of the many types of fruit.
spruce cones are very large, cylindrical,
4 to 6 inches long, with stiff scales that are irregularly toothed.||
has a woody ball of capsules, 1 to 1 1/2 inches
in diameter with openings in the surface that release 2 seeds from each capsule.||
oak acorns are 1/2 to 1 inch long, with a
scaled cap covering 1/2 of the nut. Cap scales look varnished.
maple has a pair of samaras, spreading at about a 45 degree angle, each
about 1 1/2 inch long.
dogwood has a shiny, oval red drupe, 1/4 to
1/2 inch long, in clusters of 3 to 4. ||
White ash has a one-winged, dry, flattened
samara with a full, rounded, seed cavity.||
white pine has cones that are 4 to 7 inches
long and cylindrical, with thin, rounded cone scales, and are very resinous. Cones
are borne on a long stalk.||
Persimmon has a plum-like berry
that is green before ripening, turning orange to black when ripe, 3/4 to 2 inches
in diameter when ripe.|