My children and I were using an activity suggested in the Delightful Deciduous Trees unit the other day on a spring nature walk. We were searching for saplings and seedlings. A quick trip through a wooded area is a great place to find baby trees of all sorts. What fun we had trying to decide what baby trees were growing by looking around the area to see what parent trees were around us!
Our most interesting find also happens to have stumped us. Maybe you can help us figure out what tree this is?
The pictures below show several different saplings of the same variety in different stages of their leaves unfurling. It was a magnificent site to behold!
We were able to identify locust, walnut, hickory, buckeye, maple and oak trees in the general area. A quick leaf identification hunt led us to this page on About.com. My first inkling is to say the leaves were most similar to an ash tree, but we couldn’t find any other proof of this in the wooded area or online. So, what’s your guess??
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